Perfume Genius - Learning LP

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Even though he is only in his 20s, Mike Hadreas, aka Seattle's PERFUME GENIUS, has a story with the twists and turns of a person who has seen a lot of darkness. Hadreas explains: "I spent my whole life hiding from the things that happened to me, to my family and friends. The entirety of all these experiences: abuse, addiction, suicide, all that cool stuff, I couldn't bear to look at it." This extraordinary debut album explores that world through home-recorded songs that bring to mind early Cat Power, Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and Pink Moon-era Nick Drake. Mostly simple vocal and piano, the minor-key melodies work their way into your brain and stick there. "Mr. Peterson" is the seemingly innocuous tale of a high school teacher turned inside-out. 'Gay Angels' is a gorgeous soundscape of layered organs and synths. 'Write To Your Brother' contains elliptical allusions to a mother treating a song 'like a lover.' Hadreas's life is a catalog of remembered pain and sadness, and this album is an indelible testament to that.



A1 Learning

A2 Look Out, Look Out

A3 Mr. Peterson

A4 Gay Angels

A5 You Won't B Here

B1 Write To Your Brother

B2 No Problem

B3 When

B4 Perry

B5 Never Did



LABEL: Matador Records

UPC: 744861094210

GENRE: Indie Rock/Pop

RELEASE DATE: 6/29/2010