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Perfume Genius, a.k.a. Mike Hadreas, built an audience with his 2010 debut album, Learning, eventually leaving his home studio’s comforts to tour as Beirut’s opening act. His return to recording is largely unaffected by his change in fortune. His songs are still extremely personal, still strikingly delicate, and, if anything, even more elusive. He throws prospective fans off with a title that sounds hip-hop and then goes about crafting tunes that struggle, in many cases, to pass the three-minute mark. Within that compact structure, Hadreas creates mini-symphonies that are lush and intricate, centered on piano and a voice that breaks into a falsetto worthy of Antony Hegarty of Antony & The Johnsons. The brevity here means the album passes in a quick barrage of sounds, with moments so fleeting that it might require listeners to replay the songs several times to wring all the beauty from them. "Normal Song," "17,” and "Take Me Home" could be pop songs for people who like their hooks with less spunk and aggression, who believe in the joy found in somber meditations, and who enjoy serious fun.

Biography

Born: Everett, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Perfume Genius is the project of singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas, whose music spans fragile piano ballads and swaggering glam rock as he explores subjects such as sexuality, homophobia, and domestic abuse with brutal and often poetic honesty. Growing up in Everett, Washington, Hadreas was bullied for being gay and coped by painting, writing, and listening to artists including PJ Harvey and Liz Phair. While attending Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts, he was hospitalized after he was attacked...
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