Trevor Powers – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – September 29th, 2018

Trevor Powers

Xray.fm presents the darkly atmospheric electronic/experimental pop songwriter (fka Youth Lagoon)

Trevor Powers

mmph

Sat, September 29, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15 ADV / $17 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Trevor Powers
Trevor Powers
Trevor Powers (born March 18, 1989 in San Diego, CA) is an American musician, producer, and composer based in Boise, ID. He began recording music in 2011, releasing a trilogy of albums under the moniker Youth Lagoon before announcing the end of the project in 2015. While taking crash courses in classical theory, jazz, and ancient modes throughout the time that followed, Powers started making music experiments inspired by the visual works of artists such as Francis Bacon, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and Harry Clarke. Lining his walls in crude print-outs of pictures, he found graphic saturation helped inform the social and spiritual themes of his music.

For two years, Powers crafted his own library of sounds, grotesque and bewitching, to serve as the backbone to the poetry he had been writing while traveling between Europe, Asia, and the United States. Embracing a combination of noise, beauty, and mercurial avant-pop atmospheres, he began molding these experiments into songs highlighting the intersection of unity and chaos, nightmares, and the invisible forces at war within the human self.

Retreating to Tornillo, Texas, Powers brought his songs and a handful of contributors to Sonic Ranch, a residential studio complex in the middle of a 2,300 acre orchard, to record Mulberry Violence - the debut album under his birth name. The six-week tracking process consisted of fusing together and manipulating elements recorded over the previous two years with textures, arrangements, and programming created at the ranch. The album was mixed in Los Angeles by frequent Beyoncé collaborator Stuart White.

Mulberry Violence is set to be released August 17 via Powers' own Baby Halo label.
mmph
mmph
Above 24 year-old Sae Heum Han’s desk hangs a blue and white crochet crucifix given to him by his grandmother. This object doubles as the artwork for Serenade, Han’s second EP as mmph. Separate from any religious connotations, the crucifix represents love, loss and hope – themes mmph explores on the EP. Serenade follows his debut Dear God, which was released on Tri Angle Records earlier this year. In addition to the release of Dear God, mmph has worked on his own evolving sound while also producing new music for the likes of David Byrne, serpentwithfeet and Lauren Auder.



Classically trained since childhood, Han attended Berklee College of Music to study cello before shifting his concentration towards Electronic Production & Sound Design, a pivot that resulted in the birth of his project, mmph. mmph’s compositions exist at the intersection of analog classical music arrangement and forward thinking electronic sound production. While Dear God processed the way in which certain personal tragedies had eclipsed Han’s “personal love affair with music,” Serenade evokes a newfound expressive romanticism utilizing a broader palate of orchestral and electronic sounds.



Melodically focused, orchestrally informed and rhythmically driven, each of Serenade’s five songs utilize a different classical trope to create Wagnerian suites in miniature. “Minuet” is a stately dance in triple time (performance), “Tragedy” is a play (death), “Elegy” is a mourning poem (death), and “Serenade” is a courtship song often played in the open air (love). Fusing synth choirs, arpeggiated (sometimes plucked) strings and steel string guitars, mmph creates a sense of extraordinary melodrama that feels more at home against the romantic backdrop of a Turner seaside cliff than a college student’s basement. Against these romantic landscapes, the baroque-feeling mini-operas of mmph’s Serenade come to life.