February 27, 2013
Youth Lagoon - 'Wondrous Bughouse'
Should come with a warning not to operate heavy machinery while listening
7 / 10
Love The Flaming Lips ‘Do You Realize??’, but fall into an existential crisis when it goes “Do you realise, that everyone you know, someday, will die”? In that case, the second album in as many years by San Diego’s hipster-psych man Youth Lagoon is just the thing. The song ‘Dropla’ essentially fills the same niche but repeats the much cheerier phrase, “You will never die” ad infinitum. It’s the best track on an album of disorientating pop. 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.
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