Seattle songwriter Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, has a brief, sorta devastating album out via Matador. It’s called Learning and it slips by quickly — 10 songs in under 30 minutes — so you’ll need to focus. Hadreas has explained the idea behind the collection. The sentences also help makes sense of the title: “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.” Now he can, I guess. So you can, too. He continues:
I wrote it and spent at least a month after that constantly writing for long stretches of time. I don’t know how it happened, but I intuitively could see and feel my experiences for the first time in this really overwhelming and honest state or whatever. I felt like my heart actually broke but in this sort of hopeful, genuine way. Like I could finally rebuild it.
Take a listen to the title track. It’s the first song he wrote.
Learning is out via Matador. You can stream the entire thing at MySpace. (Pay attention to the words in “Mr. Peterson,” the escaping “it’s OK” breaths in “Gay Angels.” “You Won’t B Here”‘s a good one, too.) He has a couple of shows in NYC next month:
07/20 – New York, NY @ 92Y, Tribeca
07/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands