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"Hadreas unifies his lyrical and musical ambitions
into the most forthright, ornate, lustrous and 'pop'
moment of his career....sounds like triumph. "
- Pitchfork on "Queen" BEST NEW TRACK
"Mike Hadreas doesn't so much accept the crown
as snatch it out from the air." - DIY
"Immeasurably cathartic.... Perfume Genius has
never sounded this furious and confident."
Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume
Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, 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.
Too Bright, however, is something else altogether.
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.1. I Decline
4. No Good
5. My Body
6. Don't Let Them In
9. I'm A Mother
10. Too Bright
11. All Along$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rare Coins: David Bazan & Sean LanePressed On Gold Vinyl
Limited To 1000 Copies
The Rare Coins Series spotlights an established artist who chooses an up-and-coming artist they'd like to share a
split release with. Fans not only receive new music from the artist they love, but also get a chance to hear music
chosen by this artist. David Bazan was the lead singer for Pedro the Lion and a member of the band Headphones.
Sean Lane is a drummer/percussionist. He's played in bands such as Perfume Genius, with David Bazan and Noah
Gundersen.1. Opposite Soul
2. My Body
3. Video Tape
4. Severely Dear
5. Dead Expectations
8. 5 AM
9. Land Grabber$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Put Your Back N 2 ItPerfume 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, and established him as one of the most singular songwriters around today.
His new album, Put Your Back N 2 It, is 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. Its a gorgeous soundtrack for anyone trying to keep it together in everyday life, with interest in moving forward. Recorded by Drew Morgan and John Goodmanson.1. AWOL Marine
2. Normal Song
3. No Tear
5. Take Me Home
7. Dark Parts
8. All Waters
10. Put Your Back N2 It
11. Floating Spit
12. Sister Song$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now