Over the weekend, dream pop songwriter Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, announced his new album, Savage Hills Ballroom. The news was confirmed through a series of clues found packaged with physical 7-inch copies of his single “The Knower” handed out for free at select record stores.
Today, he’s officially detailed the LP: The 10-track follow-up to 2013’s Wondrous Bughouse is due out on September 25th through Fat Possum. Driving the emotional force of the record, Save Hills Ballroom sees Powers grappling with the death of a friend. To work on the effort, Powers moved from his Boise, Idaho hometown to Bristol, UK, where he recorded alongside producer and engineer Ali Chant (Perfume Genius).
Additionally, Powers has shared “The Knower” online. A shadowy number highlighted by fragile falsettos and rich brass, it recalls the recent genre-bending work of fellow synthpop artist Son Lux. Listen in below.
Savage Hills Ballroom Tracklist:
01. Officer Telephone
02. Highway Patrol Stun Gun
03. The Knower
04. No One Can Tell
05. Doll’s Estate
06. Rotten Human
09. Free Me