The Year of Hibernation is the debut album of American artist Youth Lagoon, the stage name of musician Trevor Powers. The album peaked at No. 41 on the Independent Albums and No. 8 on the Top Heatseekers charts of Billboard. While no official singles were released, two of the songs were made available on Bandcamp prior to the album's release and two videos were made in support of the album.
The name of the album is a reference to Powers' feelings of hibernation through the process of writing the album. While writing the album, Powers' anxiety increased, causing him to retreat to his bedroom to compose in an effort to deal with events in his past. When the album was finished, and his mental state had changed, he felt that his "year of hibernation" was complete.
The album artwork was originally going to feature a picture of Powers as a child, but this changed following a family vacation with his parents and brothers. The artwork for the album consists of an unedited photo taken by Powers on the Hawaiian island of Kauai during the trip. The holiday was significant to Powers as “everyone was growing up and moving out, and it was the last family vacation." The Seattle Times described the picture as "a glowing scene captured by a suburban, middle-class kid in love with the moment, wanting to hold it forever."