Our favourite child of radiant light returns to European shores this June – playing a short run of festival and headline shows. Perfume Genius’ new album ‘No Shape’ will be released by Matador worldwide on May 5th.
June 8 – Heaven – London, UK – Tickets
June 9 – AB Club – Brussels BE – Tickets
June 11 – We Love Green Festival – Paris FR – Tickets
June 13 – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam NE – Tickets
June 14 – Berghain/Kantine – Berlin DE – Tickets
Perfume Genius, nom de poster+wraith of musician Mike Hadreas, will release his fourth album, ‘No Shape’, May 5 on Matador Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Blake Mills, mixed by Shawn Everett.
The video for the first single, “Slip Away,” was directed by longtime Bjork collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang and is co-presented by The Fader, whose current Perfume Genius cover story is a peek into his mindset upon completing the album in January.
Perfume Genius’s 2014 breakout album ‘Too Bright’—called “awe-inspiring, magnificent” by NPR—marked a musical and performative leap that sounds unlike anything before or since. With his new songs, he goes even further, merging church music, makeout music, R&B, art pop, krautrock, and queer soul into his take on stadium anthems.
Of the album, Hadreas says: “I pay my rent. I’m approaching health. The things that are bothering me personally now are less clear, more confusing. I don’t think I really figured them out with these songs. There’s something freeing about how I don’t have it figured out. Unpacking little morsels, magnifying my discomfort, wading through buried harm, laughing at or digging in to the embarrassing drama of it all. I may never come out the other side but it’s invigorating to try and hopefully, ultimately helpful. I think a lot of them are about trying to be happy in the face of whatever bullshit I created for myself or how horrible everything and everyone is.”
In a bio for the album, writer Choire Sicha says, “God is all around actually and some of these songs are about being equal and some are about the witchcraft of believing. This is church music the same way Prince’s Black Album is — too dirty. It’s femme art pop the way Kate Bush’s The Dreaming is — too scary.”
In collaboration with Prada, there is a Perfume Genius cover of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love” out in the world. This cover is every bit has amazing as you’d imagine it to be. A clip of the song can be previewed in the ad above and the full version available from your preferred streaming here: http://smarturl.it/CantHelpFallingNLove
In honor of Twitter’s 10th Birthday, I decided to cull together ten of my personal favorite Perfume Genius tweets from this year, so far. It would have been way too emotionally draining to go back farther. There are just too many exceptional ones as you can gauge from below.
We’re all just living in Mike’s world. Follow Perfume Genius on Twitter HERE.
in 2016 i intend to move less and just double my supplements