Top 2011 Tracks
14. Youth Lagoon - Montana
I could have chosen any track from The Year of Hibernation to put on fourteenth place in my list, but it’s the official video of “Montana” what makes the song outstanding; it is of such quality that my perception of the track is forever altered. Plus, the song’s lyrics don’t make me cringe completely, and they are actually quite moving, if not only for their prosodic quality.
In the video, the struggle this man faces with the numerous memories of a bittersweet childhood is a painful thing to watch. Each element of “Montana” is substantially captured in it; the kicks are heavily complimented by the restless montage of urgent flashbacks and the tuneful whistle, the dominant component of the song’s evolution, is elevated through the juvenile and homely settings. “Montana” feels very spontaneous, just like the video, but listening to it through the visuals deepens the song into a rich narrative.
The drowned out piano is immensely emotional. Trevor’s voice and tuneful whistle adhere to the piano and kicks and plates that are struck like metal being hammered with his sheer sentimentalism. Unlike other Youth Lagoon songs, “Montana” isn’t restrained; it’s just initially quieter. Trevor is mind-bogglingly good at making catchy tunes; they adhere to the track and enrich them astoundingly. The role of this tune is what makes “Montana” feel transcendental.
Directed by Tyler T Williams