Wondrous Bughouse

Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2013 Ratings: #395 / 1035
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Based on 275 ratings
2013 Ratings: #93
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March 5, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
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This record broadens Powers' musical and lyrical scope into something universal in a literal and figurative sense, evoking the cosmos, heaven, and hell.

The 405

Remarkable in both ambition and execution, Powers' second record is indeed wondrous.

Pretty Much Amazing

The contrast between the maturity of song-craft and production on the album and Powers’ continuing embrace of the fearless creativity of youth make for a sound that directly confronts notions of coming of age without ignoring what came before.

Consequence of Sound

He’s growing within himself and outward, emerging with work that’s as mystical and memorable as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

No Ripcord

Wondrous Bughouse, with its epic sprawl and quaint curiosity, successfully captures through its music the idea that the smaller you are, the easier you’re dazzled and overwhelmed by the world around you. 

Drowned in Sound

A technicolour dream of an album, drenched to the soul in lysergide, sometimes bumping into brilliance, sometimes pouring out like miles of unspooling tape onto the studio floor, uncontained and uncontrollable.


Like Animal Collective, Youth Lagoon craft modernist pop so perfectly of its time that we're hardly aware of how much time has passed.


As effortlessly rich as 'Wondrous Bughouse' seems for the listener, it's evident this record took Powers to places he wishes he’d never been. Darkness has never sounded so gloriously technicolor.


Tiptoeing through the dark fairytale forests of ‘Sleep Paralysis’ can be fun, but this is so woozy-sounding it should come with a warning not to operate heavy machinery while listening. 


Powers has turned “bedroom pop” into a visceral and emotional experience. While Wondrous Bughouse may not be for everyone, it certainly pushes new barriers.


The density of its production and the slipperiness of its song structures ensures that this album isn’t for everyone.

Beats Per Minute

What was once unobtrusive is now loud and colourful. Apart from the soapy keyboards, none of this sounds like Youth Lagoon as we knew it. 


Wondrous Bughouse doesn’t expand Youth Lagoon’s sound so much as pour neon-colored Kool-Aid onto it until it’s diluted to a point where it’s almost difficult to hold onto much of anything in these songs. 

How this album is choreographed, with how the songs are in order, the tempo pf moving between songs like The Bath to Third Dystopia... and the overall beauty that the song displays is amazing. I have never heard so much different and unique talent in a single album, pretty close to Halcyon Digest in creative skill, but this just so beautiful, and is more unique then his first one. However his first one is still amazing.
The lyricism is more powerful than the debut. The production and use of synths gives it an intimate and extremely powerful message.
I prefer his first album Year of Hibernation more but regardless this is an absolutely magical album. The mix of synth, guitar effects, piano and a whole other array of instruments just meld perfectly into this dreamy concoction of nostalgia for something I'm not even quite sure of.
This album really grew on me quickly. I was expecting something like The Year of Hibernation but this one sounds quite different on the instrumental level. Trevor's voice still has this haunting touch that can make me feel like I'm dreaming whenever a song starts. A must-listen album for all neo-psychedelia fans.
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Track List

  1. Through Mind and Back
  2. Mute
  3. Attic Doctor
  4. The Bath
  5. Pelican Man
  6. Dropla
  7. Sleep Paralysis
  8. Third Dystopia
  9. Raspberry Cane
  10. Daisyphobia
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Added on: January 4, 2013