Perfume Genius is, among many other things, one of our great working music-video artists. His video for “Queen,” the first single from forthcoming album Too Bright, was a surreal masterpiece, and his new “Grid” video isn’t far behind. The clip, from director Charlotte Rutherford, finds a glammed-up (and eventually bloodied) Mike Hadreas surrounded by dancing, silver-bodysuited demons, then made to serve as the centerpiece of a bizarre dinner party. The video is a tough thing to parse but an even tougher thing to shake. Its atmosphere is knife-edge intense, and its images burn their way into your brain. As for the song, it’s a stunner, too. Hadreas might be known for piano ballads, but this one is practically a Suicide-influenced rockabilly number, with a pulsating synth at its core. It still leaves plenty of room for Hadreas’ vocal flights, though. The whole thing is just mesmerizing. You can, and should, check it out below.
Too Bright is out 9/22 on Matador.