“XTQ Idol” and “Dicegame” are taken from Trevor Powers‘ new album “Mulberry Violence” due out August 17 on Baby Halo Records.
Formerly known as Youth Lagoon, Trevor Powers is ready to release his debut album under his real name. So far, the artist unveiled three tracks off “Mulberry Violence”: “Playwright“, “Ache” and “Plaster Saint“.
About “XTQ Idol”, Trevor Powers explained to The Fader:
Early in the process of forming Mulberry Violence, I took a trip to the Czech Republic and 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, and 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’
He also shared a statement for “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 and do something totally inadvertent that the path finally begins to glow. The mistake is always more captivating than the intention. ‘Dicegame’ had six 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 and 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, and the song finally had life