Perfume Genius is Mike Hadreas, a Seattle songwriter whose 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' by Drowned In Sound, and established him as one of the most singular songwriters today.
Though Learning's voyeuristic window into Hadreas’s experiences resonated intensely with many people, 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. It’s a gorgeous soundtrack for anyone trying to keep it together in everyday life, and about moving forward.
The hypnotic songs on Put Your Back N 2 It are tender and moving, but they are also surreal and grand, recalling at times the universality of lullabies and hymns, faraway folk songs, the dramatic arc of a film score, and the almost spiritual quality suggests a kind of opiated gospel.
'Spellbinding songs from bruised balladeer' - The Guardian
'His tunes are often lo-fi piano and guitar confessionals that recall obvious forerunners like Elliott Smith, Bon Iver of For Emma, Forever Ago or a less angelic Antony Hegarty' - The Observer
'You couldn’t fail to be intoxicated' - The Independent
'Mike Hadreas has lived through at least several lifetimes. This record is an indelible testament to his strange, magnificent journey so far' - Boomkat
'Lush and universal, playing as a broad meditation on intimacy, power, family, secrecy and hope' - Rough Trade
'A Special talent for writing songs that are as unique as they are universal. Like scent, his songs are delicate but strong, faint yet persistent, and have a deep, almost inexplicable emotional pull' - HMV
'So sublime are these ten spectral soundtracks to the minutiae of a modern lover's tribulations that their sorrow is translated into something more uplifting' - BBC
'An album of rare, redemptive beauty...one of the most uniquely endearing and quietly forceful debut albums of recent years' - Drowned In Sound
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