Perfume Genius is Mike Hadreas, a Seattle songwriter whose jarring 2010 debut album, Learning, was called “an album of rare, redemptive beauty…one of the most uniquely endearing and quietly forceful debut albums of recent years” by Drowned In Sound, and established him as one of the most singular songwriters today.
His second album, Put Your Back N 2 It, contained all the shocking devastation of Learning but was much more universal – addressing intimacy, power, family, secrecy, and hope not just through his impressionistic lyrics, but the music itself, which is as lush as Learning was stark.
But that was 2012, and this is 2014. The core of Perfume Genius’ output will forever remain a fragile, tender window into the confessional words and piano keys of its creator, but equipped with songs from his recently completed, and as yet unannounced third album, Mike is apparently ready to show a new side of himself. We can’t wait to see it.