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Perfume Genius: Misery Feels Good

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I came across Perfume Genius a couple weeks ago by accident. I misheard lyrics of a song and when I googled them stumbled upon Perfume Genius… this is what we call fate, because love ensued.

Perfume Genius also known as Seattle’s Mike Hadreas, and his debut album, Learning, couldn’t be more appropriately named. Each song is a delicately intimate look into the mind and heart of Hadreas… he’s removed his ribs, exposed his heart and said “come look at what I have to show you.”

Besides intensely personal lyrics that cover such dark topics as love, suicide and molestation, it’s his voice that really grabs you and shakes you to the core, as if you’ve just witnessed something that you weren’t supposed to, and now you have to suffer the consequences. However, there is beauty in raw, unabashed honesty, and there is recovery in ache, and this is where this album will take you. “Mr. Peterson,” is an example of this candidness: “He made me a tape with Joy Division/He told me there was part of him missing/When I was 16, he jumped off a building/Mr. Peterson I know you’re ready to go/I hope there’s room for you up above or down below.”

There are no up-lifting songs on this album, you will not find yourself dancing, nor will this ever be a soundtrack to a cocktail party; instead Learning will be an album that makes you confront your own demons, and gorgeously so. With his somber, perfectly quivering voice, accompanying piano and lo-fi twinge, one can’t help but feel after each song, Hadreas is healing with each word he sings. Perfume Genius is what’s going to make you feel less alone; misery does love company, after all.

By: Amanda Chatel

Tour dates:

22 Sep: Crocodile, Seattle, WA

23 Sep: Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR

27 Sep: Bottom of the Hill, San Fran, CA

28 Sep: Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles, CA

02 Oct: Pearl @ The Palms, Las Vegas, NV

05 Oct: Schuba’s, Chicago, IL

07 Oct: The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON

10 Oct: Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY

11 Oct: First Unitarian Church, Philly, PA

18 Oct: St. Philips Church, Manchester, UK

19 Oct: Cecil Sharp House, London, UK

21 Oct: The Cube, Bristol, UK

22 Oct: The Hope, Brighton, UK

23 Oct: SWN Festival, Cardiff, UK

25 Oct: Botanique, Bruxells, Beligium

26 Oct: Le Point Ephemere, Paris, France

27 Oct: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

28 Oct: Prinzenbar, Hamburg, Germany

“Mr. Peterson,” live:

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