A thread where we appreciate the genius behind Perfume Genius

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An artist from my neck of the woods (Seattle) is about to release a fantastic album on Matador Records (The artist - Perfume Genius / The album - Learning). Anyone have any thoughts on this one yet? I discovered it listening to the album stream a couple of times here http://3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/.

I've read comparisons to a few artists, and I agree that it has some of the emotional honesty of a Neutral Milk Hotel, or a Nick Drake, but with more lo-fi keyboards in place of acoustic guitars; also has sort of an Antlers vibe.

musicfanatic, Sunday, 20 June 2010 01:01 (ten years ago) link

Anyway, I'd like to know what you all think. Do I need to stop drinking?

musicfanatic, Sunday, 20 June 2010 01:03 (ten years ago) link

oh man, i was obsessed w/ "mr. peterson" last year, can't wait to hear the album

exit through the (Tape Store), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 05:54 (ten years ago) link

also i'm drunk and depressed, so good timing

exit through the (Tape Store), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 06:03 (ten years ago) link

stunning. goddamn. wtf are these indie comparisons about? fucking neutral milk hotel?!

exit through the (Tape Store), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 06:31 (ten years ago) link

i hear kate bush fwiw

exit through the (Tape Store), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 06:32 (ten years ago) link

kate bush meets elliott smith?

exit through the (Tape Store), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 20:53 (ten years ago) link

in any case, i'll probably vomit the first time the word 'hype' is used in this discussion, so i should probably ignore this thread from here on out. I hope many of you enjoy the album (privately, of course).

exit through the (Tape Store), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 20:56 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

playing @Glasslands in Bklyn tonight

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 July 2010 15:29 (ten years ago) link

dunno, this seems like the sort of thing I'd like, but was pretty unimpressed with "Mr Peterson" -- is there another track I should listen to that'll convince me?

tylerw, Friday, 23 July 2010 15:33 (ten years ago) link

eight months pass...

Mr Peterson is great but the rest kinda sounds like a bunch of Antony And The Johnsons demos.

piscesx, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:44 (nine years ago) link

his voice reminds me of gary jules

Lady Miss K-Lo (donna rouge), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:55 (nine years ago) link

ten months pass...

'Put Your Back N 2 It' is just as lovely as the first one. It's a bit less voyeuristic in tone, and a bit fuller sonically. I'm still taking it in.

Suspect this will be another album I will love in the privacy of my headphones.

Not one for sharing.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:43 (eight years ago) link


Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:09 (eight years ago) link

so yeah this album

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 01:38 (eight years ago) link

Spent most of my first listen disappointed that Hadreas sounded like he'd learned to write proper songs, but by the end it was starting to click and now I'm looking forward to the second spin.

I Fucked Up (jer.fairall), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 02:33 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

This album is terrific.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:31 (eight years ago) link

Somehow missed out on him and his recent gig in my neighborhood. Just saw the review the other day:


On the few when drums provided a backbone, the emotional wallop was greater.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:38 (eight years ago) link

eight months pass...

I wrote about 'Put Your Back N 2 It' for Devon Record Club:


It's been with me all year. Glad to see it got a few mentions in the 2012 lists. I think it's remarkable.

J-Lo Biafra (Rob Mitchell), Friday, 28 December 2012 10:53 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

Cate Le Bon ft. Perfume Genius: http://www.stereogum.com/1451062/cate-le-bon-i-think-i-knew-feat-perfume-genius/mp3s/

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 4 September 2013 14:41 (seven years ago) link

ten months pass...

Holy mother of god, this song...


Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:52 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I just heard Queen. This is freakin amazing.

campreverb, Friday, 1 August 2014 16:09 (six years ago) link

one month passes...


Streaming now. His lyrics are as good as ever but I think sonically, it's such a huge step forward. Don't sleep on this one.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 15 September 2014 04:09 (six years ago) link

Yeah missed all mention of this guy before but now seriously intrigued.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 15 September 2014 04:37 (six years ago) link

What's he doing differently sonically? Can't listen at work yet.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 15 September 2014 07:51 (six years ago) link

I'd rather it be a surprise for you.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 15 September 2014 17:44 (six years ago) link

I'm friends w the guy but still find myself fanboying him abt his music.

goon flambience (fgti), Monday, 15 September 2014 18:49 (six years ago) link

Grid is amazing my god I dunno, so happy about this

goon flambience (fgti), Monday, 15 September 2014 18:52 (six years ago) link

can't quite figure out how to articulate my thoughts on this album yet but i'm pretty impressed by it

took it for a walk yesterday afternoon and nearly burst into tears during the second half of "no good"

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Monday, 22 September 2014 11:22 (six years ago) link

Saw the NY Times and New Yorker features, and intend to listen.

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 September 2014 15:01 (six years ago) link

Yeah, I'm hesitating to put the album on my phone because I don't want to burst into tears on the train

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 22 September 2014 19:21 (six years ago) link

I can't unsee Bruce McCulloch when I look at this album cover

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:05 (five years ago) link

this record is a nice example of how drums can improve just about anybody's music.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:55 (five years ago) link

learning that john parrish did the percussion on this album makes a lot of sense. the overriding impression of the sonics on this album for me is "what pj harvey's next album might sound like".

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 04:32 (five years ago) link

This album is fucking awesome.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 08:13 (five years ago) link

smh tho at the pathetic dismissal of this album's queerness in the last paragraph of the pitchfork review

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:11 (five years ago) link

I guess I am actually enjoying this, despite not actually *wanting* to enjoy it. I feel kinda manipulated by it, even as I fall for its manipulations.

But it often seems like "I feel really super-conflicted about this!" is a better indicator of future feelings than "OMG best thing ever" ?

Oh. The stream just cut out and I'm annoyed and trying to reload it back at the place where it left off, so I guess it's something I care about hearing. hA.

Aphex T (wins) (Branwell with an N), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:03 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

new album No Shape out in may!


devvvine, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 14:07 (three years ago) link

wow, this is pretty easily my favourite thing he's done

ufo, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:22 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Just heard his new album for the first time. I wasn't a huge fan before but this album is really something.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 01:19 (three years ago) link


joshywinty (josh), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 01:49 (three years ago) link

Based on the new track they featured last week at the Pop Conference, yeah, going to be great. (He was an interesting speaker on the panel -- gave just enough of a 'kinda uncomfortable being here' vibe but wasn't standoffish, just very quietly careful in his responses.) Also having serpentwithfeet as the opening act on the tour makes that a must-see.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 02:13 (three years ago) link

this is really fantastic on first listen

ufo, Thursday, 4 May 2017 18:19 (three years ago) link

the entirety of this record has me on the edge of tears

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 5 May 2017 19:22 (three years ago) link

I can't get enough of this. Die 4 You and Sides are the standouts for me at the moment, but it's one of those records where I think my favorite tracks could evolve and revolve over time.

Chantilly Bass, Monday, 8 May 2017 06:52 (three years ago) link

Yeah, Die 4 U is one of my favourites. Such an incredible vocal performance.

This is easily my album of the year so far.

kitchen person, Monday, 8 May 2017 13:47 (three years ago) link

Damn, Sides!

del esdichado (NickB), Friday, 12 May 2017 10:31 (three years ago) link

Find it difficult to listen to 'Alan' without welling up, Owen Pallett as usual analyses it brilliantly: http://www.talkhouse.com/owen-pallett-on-perfume-genius/

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 14 May 2017 20:03 (three years ago) link

that song and video is fucking really really cool

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 23:05 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Been catching up on a bunch of stuff, including this, which is hitting the Eno/Kate Bush/Roxy/Ferry art rock sweet spot for me. What a great year for music so far.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 30 June 2017 15:52 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Shimmering shuddering new thing


nashwan, Friday, 13 September 2019 22:11 (one year ago) link

this is pretty wonderful

ufo, Friday, 13 September 2019 22:52 (one year ago) link

That's so lovely. Seemingly inchoate but epic too.

Eyeball Kicks, Monday, 16 September 2019 09:40 (one year ago) link

this is basically a Gang Gang Dance track right? which is a fantastic direction I did not expect for him. looking forward to the album that sounds like it's on the way

ufo, Monday, 16 September 2019 11:17 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

"pop song" is gorgeous too, very excited for this

ufo, Friday, 18 October 2019 12:23 (eleven months ago) link

four months pass...

Set My Heart On Fire Immediately out 05/15


bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 16:12 (six months ago) link

honestly I'm not quite sure about that single yet but there was no way I could let that album title go unacknowledged

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 16:36 (six months ago) link

i like this but i'm disappointed last year's fantastic singles didn't turn out to be part of something larger like it sounded like they would be

ufo, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:33 (six months ago) link

sooooooooo excited for this!

winters (josh), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 22:48 (six months ago) link

Haven't listened yet but I'm anticipating, and tbh I'm excited that Blake Mills produced again

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 22:56 (six months ago) link

Anyone else see The Sun Still Burns Here? I caught it in Minneapolis, was a bit ambivalent about the staging but the music was incredible, maybe the best since N 2 It if I could hear it again as an album. Those two singles were highlights but also characteristic of the rest.

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:10 (six months ago) link

Describe is such an earworm. Specially love the edit that cuts out the last two minutes of ambience, they seem unnecessary for me in the single format. Maybe in the context of the album they make sense.

I think this is one of the best songs I’ve heard from him tbh, love the contrast between that heavy guitar riff and the blurry, melancholic singing. It sounds both uplifting and heartbroken at the same time.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 5 March 2020 12:35 (six months ago) link


ufo, Monday, 16 March 2020 21:58 (six months ago) link

I never really cared for Perfume Genius before but these two singles are some of my favorite songs released this year. Love the 90’s shoegaze feel of Describe and this one sounds like an update on the motown sound or even like “Off the Wall” Michale Jackson.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 00:32 (six months ago) link


✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 00:32 (six months ago) link

his last album was fantastic and these two tracks aren't quite the same level as that so far but i still really like them

ufo, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 01:52 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

really good album, maybe even better than the last one even if it doesn't have the like, wow moments of "slip away" etc.

love the kinda compressed shoegaze vibe it has going on in a lot of these tracks

ufo, Friday, 15 May 2020 01:12 (four months ago) link

Oh it's out tomorrow?! "Describe" is probably my favorite song of his since "Take Me Home," excited to hear there's more like it.

last updated a group of five done twelve times ago (geoffreyess), Friday, 15 May 2020 01:34 (four months ago) link

yeah there's more than just that sound on the album, plenty of intricate chamber pop arrangements too as usual, but it's kinda the thread that ties the album together

ufo, Friday, 15 May 2020 01:52 (four months ago) link

found an interview from last year where he says that The Sun Still Burns Here is also planned as an album for this year!

ufo, Friday, 15 May 2020 07:24 (four months ago) link

halfway through and this is pretty amazing so far. "Whole Life" immediately blew me away

gman59, Friday, 15 May 2020 20:05 (four months ago) link

The Sun Still Burns Here is also planned as an album for this year

cool! it's so good

last updated a group of five done twelve times ago (geoffreyess), Saturday, 16 May 2020 16:16 (four months ago) link

Allmusic has the new album's title with a comma, which I think I like better. If you're gonna use an adverb, go for it.

last updated a group of five done twelve times ago (geoffreyess), Saturday, 16 May 2020 16:17 (four months ago) link

Hmm. It's good? But I'm not blown away.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 16 May 2020 16:20 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...


this is the funniest thread ive seen in a while LMFAO pic.twitter.com/KBY47PUgDV

— 🌸knewnie: season 2 (@rap_knewnie) June 10, 2020

jaymc, Thursday, 11 June 2020 17:39 (three months ago) link

He ran his hands up me
Breeders on CD

great as is but I kinda wish that was a couplet

geoffreyess, Sunday, 14 June 2020 23:54 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

wow at the new album. also wow .. where the fuck is the love for it on here?

piscesx, Monday, 24 August 2020 22:48 (four weeks ago) link

seconding the love on the new record!

winters (josh), Monday, 24 August 2020 23:46 (four weeks ago) link

it's pretty good but there's never been much interest in him here for some reason. no shape similarly got no traction despite being brilliant

ufo, Tuesday, 25 August 2020 00:04 (four weeks ago) link

Good album, pretty front-loaded. The singles are my two favorite tracks but there's some other great songs in that first half

Vinnie, Tuesday, 25 August 2020 00:24 (four weeks ago) link

more love here, esp. the singles. pox time?

take me home
floating spit
i decline
pop song
on the floor

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 25 August 2020 04:17 (four weeks ago) link

It's odd, because the first time I listened to both No Shape and Too Bright, the album grabbed me by the shoulders, stared deeply into my eyes and breathed "YOU WILL LOVE ME" deep into my soul, and took hold of me and wouldn't let me go.

I did not have that experience with this new one, so I didn't listen to it again. Maybe I should give it another go?

(It's hard to listen to new things, while in the grip of an obsession with old things.)

Extractor Fan (Branwell with an N), Tuesday, 25 August 2020 07:10 (four weeks ago) link

Same tbh, I fell for No Shape instantly and listened to it countless times, and haven't clicked with the new one yet. I keep thinking I should give it more listens though.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 25 August 2020 20:37 (four weeks ago) link

It's strange, it starts off OK, I'm engaged by around the time of Jason, but I can't seem to get through to the end of the album. I think that there are a lot of slow / mid-tempo tracks around the middle, and my attention wanders off and I can't get it back.

It's frustrating, because I really want to like the album!

Extractor Fan (Branwell with an N), Wednesday, 26 August 2020 06:24 (three weeks ago) link

agree - this new one just doesn't have the same magic for me, too straining

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 26 August 2020 14:02 (three weeks ago) link

i love it. but i also love blake mills' new down-tempo album. and now i will reiterate this most unhelpful info for these times: perfume genius shows are wonderful and brought my fandom to a new level.

Downtown Baby Photographers (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 26 August 2020 19:11 (three weeks ago) link

for some reason the guitar-heavy parts of this album really remind me of r.e.m.'s monster, like i can totally picture stipe singing "describe" for example

ufo, Wednesday, 26 August 2020 20:53 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

still remember the seeing of this photo as an event in my life

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 05:35 (one week ago) link

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