11 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Perfume Genius, the artistic stirrings of Mike Hadreas, was once content to confess at his piano. However, his concerns and artistry demanded a bigger stage, and for 2014’s Too Bright he’s teamed up with Portishead’s Adrian Utley throughout, as well as PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish on select tracks. The angry “Queen” feeds into a homophobic person’s worst fears, stating “No family is safe when I sashay” with a sense of frustration that fuels his best songs. Tracks such as “Fool,” “No Good,” and “I’m a Mother” are loaded with conflicting, difficult emotions that earn comparisons to Kate Bush, modern-day Scott Walker, and Antony Hegarty. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Perfume Genius, the artistic stirrings of Mike Hadreas, was once content to confess at his piano. However, his concerns and artistry demanded a bigger stage, and for 2014’s Too Bright he’s teamed up with Portishead’s Adrian Utley throughout, as well as PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish on select tracks. The angry “Queen” feeds into a homophobic person’s worst fears, stating “No family is safe when I sashay” with a sense of frustration that fuels his best songs. Tracks such as “Fool,” “No Good,” and “I’m a Mother” are loaded with conflicting, difficult emotions that earn comparisons to Kate Bush, modern-day Scott Walker, and Antony Hegarty. 

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