The double bill coming to A&R this Tuesday illuminates one prominent storyline in indie rock circa 2013: insular visionaries broadcasting their bedroom micro-symphonies in widescreen splendor.
Majical Cloudz’s Impersonator (out soon on Matador) is the sound of full immersion in late-night brooding presented in stark blacks, whites and greys. Youth Lagoon’s Wondrous Bughouse (out now on Fat Possum) is a Technicolor dream world for escaping what haunts you, vivid fantasy music from a bespectacled dweeb fresh out of his teens.
Both acts have arresting stage shows. At SXSW last March, Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers brought forth a bigger, more powerful band than the two-piece ensemble that played The Basement a couple years back. At Double Happiness last January, Majical Cloudz mastermind Devon Welsh effortlessly exuded pent-up angst and charisma.