PERFUME GENIUS shares new single ‘Go Ahead’
Early this morning, in the middle of a Twitter Q&A, Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, dropped the second song from his forthcoming album. ‘Go Ahead‘ is restrained and defiant. No Shape is out Friday 5th May via Matador / Remote Control Records.
Perfume Genius’s 2014 breakout album Too Bright— featuring seismic anthem ‘Queen’ — marked a musical and performative leap that sounds unlike anything before or since. With his new songs, Hadreas goes even further, merging church music, makeout music, R&B, art pop, krautrock, and queer soul into his take on stadium anthems, completing the journey from critically acclaimed underground hero to fully fledged pop auteur.
No Shape was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Blake Mills, mixed by Shawn Everett. 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.”
Perfume Genius – No Shape
2. Slip Away
3. Just Like Love
4. Go Ahead
7. Every Night
9. Die 4 You
10. Sides (feat. Weyes Blood)
12. Run Me Through
Perfume Genius – No Shape is out Friday 5th May via Matador Records / Remote Control Records.
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