RIYL: How to Dress Well, Owen Pallett, Youth Lagoon

Label: Matador

One of the most punk rock moments of the last 5 years for me was on October 30, 2014 when a lipstick-clad Mike Hadreas performed on Letterman wearing a dominatrix leash and an open-chested power suit.  It reminded me of Iggy and Bowie’s infamous 1977 performance on the Dinah Shore show, both bold and provocative statements in the face of mainstream media.

Perfume Genius’ fourth album No Shape is coming at us in May, the follow-up to 2014’s Too Bright.  Hadreas’ meek, quivering vocal delivery melds perfectly with his vulnerable, heart-wrenching lyrical content on loss, depression and alienation.  Still, he’s a voice for the voiceless and an inspiration to the many underdogs who can’t and won’t bend to a status quo.  I’m excited to hear more, but in the meantime, check out first single Slip Away below and grab a copy of the limited clear vinyl variant after the ‘buy’ link.

The Details

Perfume Genius, nom de poster-wraith of musician Mike Hadreas, will release his fourth album, No Shape, May 5 on Matador Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Blake Mills, mixed by Shawn Everett.
Limited Clear vinyl option available while supplies last. All vinyl comes with an MP3 coupon, will ship to arrive around May 5, 2017.

Price $20.99

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