The success of a debut album sometimes rests on its unpolished, unfiltered nature. This seemed to be the case with the bedroom pop of ¬†Youth Lagoon‘s excellent debut, The Year of Hibernation. With “Dropla,” Trevor Powers’ first offering from his second album, he proves that growth on a sophomore project doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The song is more layered and less submissive than the music of his debut, but it feels like a comfortable, appropriate next step.

“My mental state is usually pretty sporadic… a lot of this record was influenced by a fear of mortality but embracing it at the same time. Realizing that human life is only great because it is temporary. Experimenting with ideas about dimensions. I’m not a gifted speaker, so¬†explaining things is difficult for me. But music always makes sense.”

Wondrous Bughouse is due March 5. You can pre-order it here.

Wondrous Bughouse tracklist:

o1. THROUGH MIND AND BACK
o2. MUTE
o3. ATTIC DOCTOR
o4. THE BATH
o5. PELICAN MAN
o6. DROPLA
o7. SLEEP PARALYSIS
o8. THIRD DYSTOPIA
o9. RASPBERRY CANE
10. DAISYPHOBIA