Sasquatch Sunset Bliss: Youth Lagoon Wow With Majestic Indie Anthems

FUSE TV - Sasquatch Sunset Bliss: Youth Lagoon Wow With Majestic Indie Anthems

Sasquatch Fest's opening day got off to a bumpy start, then Youth Lagoon fixed it. Like beer and pretzels, Sonny and Cher, Bill & Ted, cookies and milk (I could go on and on...), Boise, Idaho's indie whiz Trevor Powers provided an equally dazzling complement to his partner: the sunset. His keyboard-laden anthems swelled the heart while Washington State's vistas entertained the eyes. The whole was greater than the sum of its parts.

But great sacrifice begets great moments, and the day wasn't without its hardships. That same stage's sound for Eric Blood--a Seattle producer and former guitarist of criminally underrated shoegaze rockers the Turn-Ons--was unfortunately messy earlier in the afternoon. As was the mix for many others (seriously, who's doing the sound at Sasquatch?). Black Hippy rapper School Boy Q was a no-show, arriving too late at SeaTac airport to make the four-hour drive in time. Rain spat and wind gusted all afternoon. And when Powers finally took the stage, as the sun dropped to the horizon, the crowd prepped for the first sure-to-be "festival moment." 

Instead, they heard "check one, check two" and saw Powers glaring at the sound guy, his pointer finger going up, then down, then up again, then down again, ad nauseam, for 35 minutes. "Epic soundcheck," deadpanned a fan with the luxury of leaning against a fence while waiting. Hey, the sound still sucked and the singer-keyboardist wasn't compromising. Not here, not now.

So Powers worked through the problem, composure waning. But what's that bit about patience and virtue? 

Because then came calm. Then came still. Then came sunset. Then came the under-water-ocean-tide of Powers' stack upon stack of keyboards and a sky full of sherbert-colored cloud whisps that should have humanity sobbing at their majesty. Ladies and gentleman, Washington State. iPhone cameras out. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram for a billion dollars because of moments like these

The quartet played tracks from their more psychedelic, mind-warp of a new album, Wondrous Bughouse (a term for an insane asylum), including the awesome "Sleep Paralysis." But the best moments came with tracks from his debut, 2010's The Year of Hibernation. Crowd favorites like "July" and "Montana" hinge on a dreamy, sentimantal sound with lyrics (and music video images) that celebrate lakes, oceans, mountains and rivers--the vast open spaces of the Pacific Northwest and a youth living and escaping among their infinite qualities. He bathes them all in a grand cathedral-glow.

Friday night at dusk, as nature's fireworks detonated above and the deep walls of the Columbia River gorge sank into blackness like two bits of dying campfire charcoal, Trevor Powers and the rapt crowd around him were at church.

We think you'll enjoy these related videos below and for more great content featuring your favorite artists, sign up for Fuse+ to access all our videos.

The Wild Wild Brings the Uplifting Indie-Pop You Need This Week With "Alright"

2m

The Wild Wild Brings the Uplifting Indie-Pop You Need This Week With "Alright"

04 - YOUTH

51s

04 - YOUTH

Shows: R Kelly Anthem Petition

1m

Shows: R Kelly Anthem Petition

Wow, Are Those Insoles?

21m

Wow, Are Those Insoles?

Artists Give the Lowdown on Eccentric Sasquatch Music Fest: Fuse News

2m

Artists Give the Lowdown on Eccentric Sasquatch Music Fest: Fuse News

Festivals: Sasquatch 2013:Danny Brown "I'd Rather Do Drugs Than Sell Them at This Point"

4m

Festivals: Sasquatch 2013:Danny Brown "I'd Rather Do Drugs Than Sell Them at This Point"

Smoothini Wows Waka Flocka Flame

4m

Smoothini Wows Waka Flocka Flame

Interviews: Eve Talks Ruff Ryders, Indie Grind & Canceled 2007 Album

2m

Interviews: Eve Talks Ruff Ryders, Indie Grind & Canceled 2007 Album

Festivals:Bamboozle: The Gaslight Anthem at Bamboozle 2012

3m

Festivals:Bamboozle: The Gaslight Anthem at Bamboozle 2012

Interviews: Hoodie Allen Says Macklemore's Indie Success Is Inspiring

5m

Interviews: Hoodie Allen Says Macklemore's Indie Success Is Inspiring

Interviews: A Look Inside Indie Label Glassnote Records

3m

Interviews: A Look Inside Indie Label Glassnote Records

Interviews:The Gaslight Anthem Share a Songwriting Secret

4m

Interviews:The Gaslight Anthem Share a Songwriting Secret

The Ally Coalition & Jack Antonoff Show Support for LGBTQ Youth

2m

The Ally Coalition & Jack Antonoff Show Support for LGBTQ Youth

Interviews: After 'Game of Thrones,' Indie Duo MS MR Eying 'Girls'

4m

Interviews: After 'Game of Thrones,' Indie Duo MS MR Eying 'Girls'

Festivals: Warped Tour: 2013: Indie Pop Rockers Never Shout Never on New LP & Hardcore Side Project

4m

Festivals: Warped Tour: 2013: Indie Pop Rockers Never Shout Never on New LP & Hardcore Side Project

New York Rapper G Fella Pens Anthem for Playoff Knicks: G-Thing

1m

New York Rapper G Fella Pens Anthem for Playoff Knicks: G-Thing

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Meet The Mowgli's, Folk Collective Behind Breakout Anthem "San Francisco"

4m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Meet The Mowgli's, Folk Collective Behind Breakout Anthem "San Francisco"

Meet Lyle Divinsky, Street Performer Turned Professional Indie Musician: Fuse News

2m

Meet Lyle Divinsky, Street Performer Turned Professional Indie Musician: Fuse News

Interviews: Boy George "I Was a Huge Twerker in My Youth"

3m

Interviews: Boy George "I Was a Huge Twerker in My Youth"

Festivals: Rockstar Mayhem 2013: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch & Metal Stars Raise Hell on Sunset Boulevard

3m

Festivals: Rockstar Mayhem 2013: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch & Metal Stars Raise Hell on Sunset Boulevard

Tough Times With Becky G

1m

Tough Times With Becky G

Got Ur # Outtakes With MKTO

3m

Got Ur # Outtakes With MKTO

Joey Styles with Dragonette

22m

Joey Styles with Dragonette

Out With The Old, In With The New

20m

Out With The Old, In With The New

Dance Along With Alfred Robles

1m

Dance Along With Alfred Robles

Tech With A Higher Purpose

20m

Tech With A Higher Purpose

A Seat with Juicy J

4m

A Seat with Juicy J

Head to the Polls with America Ferrera

1m

Head to the Polls with America Ferrera

Dreezy Does ASMR With Her Own Lyrics

6m

Dreezy Does ASMR With Her Own Lyrics

Interviews: Behind the Scenes with Jay Sean

2m

Interviews: Behind the Scenes with Jay Sean

Lil Skies Does ASMR With Red Roses

3m

Lil Skies Does ASMR With Red Roses

Slide Into My DM's with Clara Mae

2m

Slide Into My DM's with Clara Mae

Sprint, Sweat & Pain with The Cadets

52s

Sprint, Sweat & Pain with The Cadets

T-Pain's Encounter With A Roach

48s

T-Pain's Encounter With A Roach

Slide Into My DM's with Mozzy

3m

Slide Into My DM's with Mozzy

Big Freedia's Emotional Reunion With Her Dad

55s

Big Freedia's Emotional Reunion With Her Dad

Lea Michele on Working with Sia

3m

Lea Michele on Working with Sia

Slide Into My DM's with Elley Duhé

3m

Slide Into My DM's with Elley Duhé

Slide Into My DM's with Jake Miller

2m

Slide Into My DM's with Jake Miller

THE READ WITH KID FURY AND CRISSLE

THE READ WITH KID FURY AND CRISSLE

Bonnaroo 2015: Our Chat With Tove Lo

2m

Bonnaroo 2015: Our Chat With Tove Lo

Fila Returns with 96s and Ninja Turtles

6m

Fila Returns with 96s and Ninja Turtles

Red Carpet Pre-Show with Wilmer Valderrama

1m

Red Carpet Pre-Show with Wilmer Valderrama

Chopping It Up Backstage with 2 Chainz

1m

Chopping It Up Backstage with 2 Chainz

Son Little Describes Working With Mavis Staples

1m

Son Little Describes Working With Mavis Staples

Taylor Bennett & TBE Get Creative With Balloons While Doing ASMR

11m

Taylor Bennett & TBE Get Creative With Balloons While Doing ASMR

How To Tie A Tie With Too Short

3m

How To Tie A Tie With Too Short

OverDoz. Get Cheeky with Superlatives on 'Got Ur #'

4m

OverDoz. Get Cheeky with Superlatives on 'Got Ur #'

Netta Does ASMR with Israeli Snacks, Talks Eurovision, "Cuckoo" & More!

13m

Netta Does ASMR with Israeli Snacks, Talks Eurovision, "Cuckoo" & More!

Zhavia Does ASMR with Styrofoam Balls, Talks Accomplishing Goals & "Waiting"

8m

Zhavia Does ASMR with Styrofoam Balls, Talks Accomplishing Goals & "Waiting"

Adekunle Gold Does ASMR with Hennessy, Talks Staying Persistent & More!

10m

Adekunle Gold Does ASMR with Hennessy, Talks Staying Persistent & More!

Aminé Does ASMR with His Favourite Cocktail & Talks New Music

5m

Aminé Does ASMR with His Favourite Cocktail & Talks New Music

Interviews: Top 5: Horror Movies with Coheed Cambria

4m

Interviews: Top 5: Horror Movies with Coheed Cambria

Big Freedia Makes Explosive Strawberry Shortcake With Chef Tasheena

3m

Big Freedia Makes Explosive Strawberry Shortcake With Chef Tasheena

Shows: Song Premiere: Night Riots "Along With The Undead"

2m

Shows: Song Premiere: Night Riots "Along With The Undead"

Nya Rehearses With Luis and Leilani: Deleted Scene

52s

Nya Rehearses With Luis and Leilani: Deleted Scene

Former Cadet Bonds With Blue Devils Friends At Picnic

1m

Former Cadet Bonds With Blue Devils Friends At Picnic

Interviews: Dizzy Wright Talks Hitting the Studio With Wyclef Jean

4m

Interviews: Dizzy Wright Talks Hitting the Studio With Wyclef Jean

J.I. Does ASMR with A Keyboard

8m

J.I. Does ASMR with A Keyboard

Interviews: Sean Paul Talks Working With Kelly Rowland & Experimenting With New Genres

3m

Interviews: Sean Paul Talks Working With Kelly Rowland & Experimenting With New Genres

24kGoldn Does ASMR with Kinetic Sand

9m

24kGoldn Does ASMR with Kinetic Sand

SAINt JHN Tries ASMR with Roses & Ice

6m

SAINt JHN Tries ASMR with Roses & Ice

Nikki Vianna Does ASMR with Cheetos, Talks "Mambo" & Quarantine Realness

9m

Nikki Vianna Does ASMR with Cheetos, Talks "Mambo" & Quarantine Realness

Jake Zeldin Overcomes Stutter with Rap: Fuse News

4m

Jake Zeldin Overcomes Stutter with Rap: Fuse News

Interviews: 'American Idol' Winner Candice Glover Is Obsessed With Drake

2m

Interviews: 'American Idol' Winner Candice Glover Is Obsessed With Drake

The Young Professionals - 04 Moby (with Damien Jurado) - Almost Home

5m

The Young Professionals - 04 Moby (with Damien Jurado) - Almost Home

Drumma Boy Does ASMR with Instruments & Talks Producing NO HANDS

7m

Drumma Boy Does ASMR with Instruments & Talks Producing NO HANDS

Churchill On Touring With P!nk And Phillip Phillips

1m

Churchill On Touring With P!nk And Phillip Phillips

Jesse Serves Up Serious R&B Vibes with "Never Know"

3m

Jesse Serves Up Serious R&B Vibes with "Never Know"

Interviews: Chris Martin of Coldplay on Working with Rihanna

1m

Interviews: Chris Martin of Coldplay on Working with Rihanna

Hoppus Neon Hitch Used To Crash With Amy Winehouse

54s

Hoppus Neon Hitch Used To Crash With Amy Winehouse

Martin Garrix Talks His Collaboration with Bebe Rexha at Lollapalooza

1m

Martin Garrix Talks His Collaboration with Bebe Rexha at Lollapalooza

Live in Miami with our ALMA's Recipient Gina Rodriguez

1m

Live in Miami with our ALMA's Recipient Gina Rodriguez

Team Freedia Kicks Off SXSW 2014 with Cake and Hairspray

1m

Team Freedia Kicks Off SXSW 2014 with Cake and Hairspray

Interviews: The Hives Talk Touring With Pink, 20th Anniversary & Fashion

4m

Interviews: The Hives Talk Touring With Pink, 20th Anniversary & Fashion

Get Familiar With Big Freedia Dancers Skip and Flash

1m

Get Familiar With Big Freedia Dancers Skip and Flash

"Fluffy Breaks Even" Hits AsiaSF With The "Transcendent" Ladies

3m

"Fluffy Breaks Even" Hits AsiaSF With The "Transcendent" Ladies

Jeremih on Working With 50 Cent - Top 40 of 2011

43s

Jeremih on Working With 50 Cent - Top 40 of 2011

Interviews: Wallflowers on Working With Mick Jones of the Clash

2m

Interviews: Wallflowers on Working With Mick Jones of the Clash

DaniLeigh Does ASMR & Talks Collaborating With Prince

2m

DaniLeigh Does ASMR & Talks Collaborating With Prince

Behind The Scenes with 'Big Freedia' Creative Director Wilberto

1m

Behind The Scenes with 'Big Freedia' Creative Director Wilberto

On the Road With G-Thing: Deleted Scene

2m

On the Road With G-Thing: Deleted Scene

All That She Can Be: An Interview With Corrin Campbell

1m

All That She Can Be: An Interview With Corrin Campbell

Behind The Scenes With Gamer Gods: Team Liquid

2m

Behind The Scenes With Gamer Gods: Team Liquid

Houndmouth Get Weird With Americana at Landmark Music Festival

2m

Houndmouth Get Weird With Americana at Landmark Music Festival

BDot & Baron Talk Their Date Night with a Twist

30s

BDot & Baron Talk Their Date Night with a Twist

Unboxing with T-Pain at ComplexCon - Ep. 2

3m

Unboxing with T-Pain at ComplexCon - Ep. 2

Should You Ever Sleep With A Trump Supporter: Dear Bambiana

1m

Should You Ever Sleep With A Trump Supporter: Dear Bambiana

Cardboard Box Trick With Fat Joe: Hip-Hop Houdini Extra

3m

Cardboard Box Trick With Fat Joe: Hip-Hop Houdini Extra

Carly Rae Jepsen On Touring with Bieber & New Year's Resolutions

4m

Carly Rae Jepsen On Touring with Bieber & New Year's Resolutions

Shows: Bangin' Bodies: Behind The Scenes with Jay Sean

2m

Shows: Bangin' Bodies: Behind The Scenes with Jay Sean

Coachella 2014: Why Rappers Love Collaborating With Jhené Aiko

4m

Coachella 2014: Why Rappers Love Collaborating With Jhené Aiko

THEY. Does Magic With Smoothini At Firefly 2018

3m

THEY. Does Magic With Smoothini At Firefly 2018

San Holo Does Magic Backstage With Smoothini At Firefly 2018

3m

San Holo Does Magic Backstage With Smoothini At Firefly 2018

Cody Simpson Is "Drunk in Love" With "Surfboard": Fuse News

2m

Cody Simpson Is "Drunk in Love" With "Surfboard": Fuse News

Things Get Awkward at a Funeral with BDot

1m

Things Get Awkward at a Funeral with BDot

Shows: Trending 10: New Edition Dance with Zuri (June 2014)

1m

Shows: Trending 10: New Edition Dance with Zuri (June 2014)

Raekwon Describes Touring with Wu-Tang: Fuse News

2m

Raekwon Describes Touring with Wu-Tang: Fuse News

Gaga's 'ARTPOP' Inspiration: "Music With No Boundaries": Fuse News

3m

Gaga's 'ARTPOP' Inspiration: "Music With No Boundaries": Fuse News

Bonnaroo 2015: Guster Feeds Hippies With Cereal At Bonnaroo

2m

Bonnaroo 2015: Guster Feeds Hippies With Cereal At Bonnaroo