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Perfume Genius

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Even though this was written and recorded whilst he was only in his 20s, Mike Hadreas, aka Seattle’s Perfume Genius, has a story with the twists and turns of a person who has seen a lot of darkness. Hadreas explains: “I spent my whole life hiding from the things that happened to me, to my family and friends. The entirety of all these experiences: abuse, addiction, suicide, all that cool stuff, I couldn’t bear to look at it.”  

 

This extraordinary debut album explores that world through home-recorded songs that bring to mind early Cat Power, Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and Pink Moon-era Nick Drake. Mostly simple vocal and piano, the minor-key melodies work their way into your brain and stick there. Mr. Peterson is the seemingly innocuous tale of a high school teacher turned inside-out. Gay Angels is a gorgeous soundscape of layered organs and synths. Write To Your Brother contains elliptical allusions to a mother treating a song “like a lover”. Hadreas’ life is a catalog of remembered pain and sadness, and this album is an indelible testament to that.