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Coming September 23 : Perfume Genius – “Too Bright”, New Worldwide Dates

July 15th, 2014 at 9:26 am by Gerard

(EDITOR’S NOTE : On September 23, Matador will be releasing the new album from Perfume Genius, ‘Too Bright’ on LP, CD and digital configurations*. Even for those of us who’ve been previously left wobbly by Mike Hadreas’ songwriting prowess, his 3rd full-length is nothing short of a knockout blow. Bravest record we’ve ever released? It’s absolutely in the top one and a half – GC)

(* – Turnstile Music will be releasing the album in the UK on September 22)

“Queen”

Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, with achingly emotional songs that offered empathy and hope, rather than judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutalized, yet ultimately reclaimed.

‘Too Bright’, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a bold and unpredictably quixotic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since age ten and has just begun to bubble up”. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s ‘The Dreaming’ or Scott Walker’s ‘Tilt’, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.

(photography by Luke Gilford)

track listing :

i. I Decline
ii. Queen
iii. Fool
iv. No Good
v. My Body
vi. Don’t Let Them In
vii. Grid
viii. Longpig
ix. I’m a Mother
x. Too Bright
xi. All Along

Preorder ‘Too Bright’ from iTunes and receive “Queen” immediately.
Preorder ‘Too Bright’ on LP or CD from The Matador Store
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Upcoming dates :

August
1 – OFF Festival, Katowice Poland
2 – Visions Festival, London UK
27 – Feeerieen, Brussels Belgium
28 – Mas Mas, Cardigan UK
30 – End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK

September
1 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow UK
2 – Band on the Wall, Manchester UK
3 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate UK
6 – Into The Great Wide Open Festival, Vlieland Netherlands
7 – MITO SettembreMusica, Milan Italy
8 – Circolo degli Artisti, Rome Italy
9 – Locomotiv Club, Bologna  Italy
26 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City UT
27 – Hi Dive – Denver C
29 – Riot Room – Kansas City MO
30 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis MN

October
1 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago IL
2 – Magic Stick – Detroit MI
4 – Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto ON
6 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston  MA
7 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn NY
8 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia PA
9 – The Hamilton – Washington DC
10 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro NC
11 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta GA
13 – Three Links – Dallas TX
14 – The Parish – Austin TX
16 – Club Congress – Tucson  AZ
17 – Soda Bar – San Diego  CA
19 – Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles CA
21 – The Independent – San Francisco CA
22 – Harlow’s – Sacramento CA
24 – Mississippi Studios – Portland OR
25 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle WA

November
11 – La Maroquinerie, Paris France
12 – Exile,  Zurich, Switzerland
13 – Le Romandie, Lausanne Switzerland
14 – Depot, Leuven Belgium
16 – Vega, Copenhagen Denmark
17 – Lido, Berlin German
18 – Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg Germany
19 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Holland
21 – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht Holland
23 – Caves, Edinburgh UK
24 – The Wardrobe, Leeds UK
25   – Oobleck, Birmingham UK
26 – The Haunt, Brighton UK
27 – Islington Assembly Hall, London UK

Perfume Genius online :

Perfume Genius.net

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