Perfume Genius Shares Tremendous ‘Too Bright’ LP

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.15.14 in News

Perfume Genius‘s bold, enthralling new album Too Bright is out on September 23 in the United States via Matador, but listeners can already start adjusting to the glare. The third full-length from the Seattle-born singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas enlists Portishead‘s Adrian Utley and longtime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish to help burst beyond the piano-centrism of the first two LPs; here, the accompaniments are as intense and astonishing as Hadreas’s quavery-voiced lyrical content.

Hadreas has already shared the revelatory, glammy “Queen,” which he said was addressed toward those “faces of blank fear when I walk by … if these fucking people want to give me some power — if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles — well, here she comes.” Last week came the shriek-laced synth-and-percussion paranoia of “Grid.” And now the full record is available to stream a week before its release.

Be sure to read our Perfume Genius feature, where Hadreas goes book-shopping and visits a Tarot card reader, all while opening up to Wondering Sound senior editor Jayson Greene.

Listen to Too Bright in its entirety over at NPR or NME.