Perfume Genius to mesmerise kiwis in 2015
MYSTERY GIRL & CHEESE ON TOAST present
Friday 20th February, 2015
Kings Arms, AUCKLAND
Saturday 21st February 2015,
Tickets on sale now from www.undertheradar.co.nz /
Real Groovy Auckland / Slowboat & RPM Wellington
native Mike Hadreas – aka Perfume Genius
– brings his four piece band to New Zealand for the first
time in February 2015 to delight audiences & perform songs
from his profoundly beautiful new album Too
out now on Matador Records.
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“Hadreas’ sexuality is obviously a huge part of his work, but he’s above all a human—one who’s spoken about battling addiction and sickness and sadness, and one who possesses the ability to write about it in a way that feels universal. A huge part of what makes the work so strong is the generous human spirit that bleeds into it, and Too Bright is the best example to date of the lengths he goes to confront his fears and demons. These songs feel less like songs and more like treasures, ones that fill you with power and wisdom” – PITCHFORK Best New Music
Over the course of his previous two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutalised, yet ultimately, slowly but surely reclaimed.
The third album from Perfume Genius, Too Bright, builds on the exquisite piano ballads Hadreas has become known for, but is less self-conscious and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies. It is a brave, bold, unpredictably quixotic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since ten and has just begun to bubble up”. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s The Dreaming or Scott Walker’s Tilt, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.
Too Bright is one
of 2014’s most acclaimed releases, and the “Best Of
2014” accolades keep pouring in: NPR, Time
Magazine, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Stereogum,
Paste, Cosmopolitan, American
Songwriter, and so many more. It’s an ambitious
album, and it’s been extremely gratifying to see how
closely people have listened and how intelligently it’s
been written about
– and in turn, how popular it’s been with fans.
We can't wait to welcome Perfume
to our universe in February next year