Posted in music | pictures on November 16, 2011

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal

Youth Lagoon @ Mercury Lounge - 11/15/2011
Youth Lagoon

Only a handful of dim, blue lights and a faintly glowing lantern lit the stage at the Mercury Lounge last night as Young Magic began to play. Though terrible for photography, the darkness complimented the trio's soulful, animalistic sound.

Mixing music from a number of genres, Young Magic crafts a unique sound, largely inspired by Isaac Emmanuel and Michael Italia's independent travels through the small towns and cities of Europe, the UK, and South America.

As if incorporating the flavor from the illegal 1920s cabaret venue on the ground floor of their practice space, Young Magic's music is at once sensuous and restless. At times, even Italia's long, bead necklace seemed to add something to the mix as his sudden movements sent it dancing around his neck, in time to his unconventional, African-inspired beats. And Indonesian born Melati Malay's reverb-soaked vocals are arresting, especially when set to Isaac Emmanuel's rolling spoken word verses.

Making music seems to be an act of catharsis for both parties, judging by the earnest candor of the evening's performances.

"I really want to thank Young Magic for opening up tonight," Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers said of his tour mates. And it's that particular choice of diction, that seemingly insignificant two-letter word, "up," that makes all the difference.

Given the deeply personal and revealing nature of his own lyrics and his experience with anxiety disorders (which he discusses freely in interviews), Powers should know. But last night, even a slow start plagued by over twenty minutes of technical difficulties didn't seem to phase the Idaho native. With its lush melodies and winsome touches, Youth Lagoon's music feels at once nostalgic about the past and hopeful for the future ("Montana" being a good example of this).

With just a single album under his belt, Powers has been attracting a lot of praise over the past few months, and last night's sold-out audience was deeply supportive and enthusiastic. Between each song, people yelled out encouragements or tried to engage the young, cherub-faced singer in conversation.

"People always yell things, but I can never hear," mused Powers. "Ok. You in the back, with your hand raised..."

"POSITIVE FEELINGS!" came the fragmented response. Powers grinned sheepishly. "Yeah, positive feelings."

Hardly anyone budged at the end of his short, 40-minute set, prompting Powers and friend/band mate Logan Hyde to return for a final song, "Daydream." Sometimes, music is the best medicine.

--

It was tour-mates Youth Lagoon & Young Magic's 2nd show in two nights at the NYC venue. Pictures and video from the first night are HERE. More pictures and the setlist from the second, below...

-

Young Magic

Young Magic

Young Magic

Young Magic

Young Magic

Young Magic

Young Magic

Young Magic

Young Magic

Young Magic

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon set list
Intro
Cannons
Posters
17
The Hunt
Bobby
Montana
Afternoon
July

Encore
Daydream
--

---

      

Comments (31)

boring

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 2:54 PM

holy fucking terrible tattoos

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 2:55 PM

holy fucking terrible tattoos

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 2:56 PM

lmao

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 3:14 PM

What is this www.youthlagoon.tumblr.com?? Why so many fucking youth lagoon posts?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 3:24 PM

ha, is the 'be still' tattoo the worst tattoo since Kickball Katy's ice-cream sundae shoulder piece?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 3:28 PM

dirty indie rockers...take a shower and clean your nails!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 3:42 PM

Enough with the YOUTH LAGOON posts... they paying you?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 4:20 PM

this kind a shit makes me mad at BV. show some class BV. this band is piece a shit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 5:48 PM

10 songs? Wow

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 6:28 PM

i like short sets...but that's it with this shit. yawn

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 8:34 PM

b e s t i l l

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 9:12 PM

hummus on my mind

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2011 8:22 AM

be still, eat hummus

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2011 8:56 AM

Wow, Youth Brigade played Mercury Lounge? Shit, wrong band.
Bummer.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2011 9:11 AM

1. Why such a long post for such no name whatever bands?
2. Why write down a setlist when the "band" has only one freakin release? I could go to itunes right now and tell you exactly what songs they played

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2011 10:01 AM

this band is so good. I don't understand these comments. That show was fantastic. That young gun's got a hell of a career ahead of him. I'm stoked to hear more.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2011 1:38 PM

Youth Lagoon got an 8.4 on P4K and two completely sold out shows. I'm surprised there wasn't more activity on this post. YL is pretty amazing to me, I think TP is going to blow up!

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2011 3:49 PM

A high grade on Pitchfork is the kiss of death for a new band these days. It will essentially fill the shows with idiot lemmings for a few months, and they will move on to the next bit thing without fail. Meanwhile, every actual music fan stays away forever.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2011 4:51 PM

that album is great; haters must not have heard it...

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2011 6:16 PM

buncha drunken louts shoulda been tossed after the first tune. fuck those dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2011 9:40 PM

Nice ugly hand tattoo, dillweed!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2011 7:55 PM

Why are you all so angry?

Posted by Bryan Konkol | November 26, 2011 1:30 AM

this band is so good. I don't understand these comments. That show was fantastic. That young gun's got a hell of a career ahead of him. I'm stoked to hear more.

Posted by forums | March 8, 2012 8:08 PM

ohh boringg

Posted by oyunfinal | March 13, 2012 6:14 AM

the delancey show he played in May was pretty awesome, but it was a stipped down show (no drums, no loud guitars, i don't even think there was bass). irving should be pretty awesome

Posted by wdyan | March 19, 2012 6:12 PM

eat humans ?

Posted by Proviser | August 2, 2012 1:45 PM

It's so classic. I love the photos.

Posted by lhaizza | December 14, 2012 7:15 PM

Nice set of play.

Posted by Eliza | December 29, 2012 10:56 PM

Their performance was awesome.

Posted by Mad Info | May 17, 2013 3:35 AM

I would just love to see this love

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 6:47 PM

Leave a Comment