Trevor Powers recently put to bed his Youth Lagoon moniker and emerged with new poise and purpose under his own name. He has announced that the first Trevor Powers album is called Mulberry Violence and comes out August 17th on his own Baby Halo Records. He's already shared the tracks 'Playwright', 'Ache' and 'Plaster Saint', but he's evidently excited to share his new direction as he's shared two further tracks from the album 'XTQ Idol' and 'Dicegame'.

This new couplet is set to be the opening pair on the album Mulberry Violence, and they showcase Powers' enhanced abilities with warping and layering his voice, along with unquantifiable other elements that make up this new pastel-meets-neon electronic pop sound. The production itself is not the only interesting part, as Powers, ever contemplative, has plenty of ideas jammed into each of his tracks. He told The Fader about each of the new tracks.

On 'XTQ Idol': "Early in the process of forming Mulberry Violence, I took a trip to the Czech Republic & visited Sedlec Ossuary, a small Roman Catholic church elaborately adorned with the bones of 40,000 people ::: many of whom died from the plague. Garlands of skulls. Crosses of femurs. Chalices of hipbones. A chandelier made from every bone in the human skeleton. This was all constructed as a way to honor the dead. For me, it was a labyrinth of mirrors. My reflection multiplied thousands of times in front of me, & I couldn’t look away. I saw myself as I really was. Trembling, I said a hushed prayer. Each turn showed me there was no escape from how it all ends; beneath this skin & without this spirit was just another heap of bones. As the tension through my muscles eventually lessened, a peculiar peace washed over me. My problems shrunk. My stress diminished. My pain was temporary. Maybe one day someone will use my tibia in a human chandelier.. ? I can only dream. Late that night, I started XTQ Idol."

And Powers on 'Dicegame': "My favorite painter, the existential outcast Francis Bacon, described a work by saying, “It was like one continuous accident mounting on top of another.” This is entirely how I function — shaping ideas for weeks or months that lead absolutely nowhere.. it’s not until I fuck up & do something totally inadvertent that the path finally begins to glow. The mistake is always more captivating than the intention. Dicegame had 6 other versions before it. All of them different; none of them honest. The entryway refused to accept any of my passcodes; it wasn’t until the big blunder came & I typed that into the keypad that the gate finally swung open. I chased the accident, mutated it, made more mistakes along the way, viscerally put them together, & the song finally had life."

Powers will be heading to Europe at the end of October/beginning of November. Catch him live at these dates:

October
30 London, UK Electrowerkz
31 Paris, FR - Pitchfork Avant-Garde

November
1 Amsterdam, NL Cinetol
2 Antwerp, BE Trix
3 Hamburg, DE Häkken
4 Berlin, DE Frannz Club