Mainly recorded on his own, but with a few friends in to add extra layers and production values, the extremely personal album opens with ‘Afternoon’, a song that has a gentile and melodic piano intro complete with whistling and mumbled vocals that fit all too perfectly. Building up momentum when the bass kicks in, there is a fantasy element to the sounds he is using – kind of like Baths but with a more straightforward ‘pop’ aesthetic. The guitar in the finale of the song complements the vocals which have moved from barely comprehensible to soaring territory. Previously released as a Bandcamp single, ‘Cannons’ was the first introduction to Youth Lagoon for many, complete with its mixture of Cocteau Twins inspiration and the longing despair of The Antlers. It is a hard position for a new act to place themselves in, but Powers pulls it off.

‘Daydream’ ups the tempo somewhat, at least in its introduction, which has a dancier feel than anything else on the record. But around the 90-second mark, the song moves into more experimental territory, perhaps reminiscent of latter-day Radiohead. ‘July’ was also on the preview download, and like all the songs may seem discreet, minimalist and unobtrusive on first listen, but you’ll keep going back to it and it will seep into your sub-conscience. The fragility of the vocals is one of the album’s most resounding features, and on this song they are especially poignant. A touching album full of emotion, ‘Montana’ is a wistful and grand piece incorporating feedback, handclaps and a sense of elation while ‘Posters’ bursts into a happy slice of The Flaming Lips or Clap Your Hands Say Yeah-style refined (or redefined?) pop.

A nostalgic and autobiographical piece about lost youth that will make you well up, ‘Seventeen’ tells tales of swimming in lakes and hunting for snakes. The mixture of pianos is sublime and a good indication of what is to come on the album closer – the slow burner that is ‘The Hunt’. An effortlessly dreamy soundscape that brings to mind the poignancy of Perfume Genius, but with added riffs. The album throws in elements of lo-fi and chillwave, but with none of the posturing that can affect some other acts in these genres. A record that deals with a loss of innocence, but simultaneously manages to look forward at the same time.