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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

musicfanatic, Sunday, 20 June 2010 01:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

also i'm drunk and depressed, so good timing

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

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

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

i hear kate bush fwiw

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

kate bush meets elliott smith?

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

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

playing @Glasslands in Bklyn tonight

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

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

his voice reminds me of gary jules

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink


Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:09 (five years ago) Permalink

so yeah this album

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This album is terrific.

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Holy mother of god, this song...


Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:52 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I just heard Queen. This is freakin amazing.

campreverb, Friday, 1 August 2014 16:09 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett, Monday, 15 September 2014 04:37 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

I'd rather it be a surprise for you.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 15 September 2014 17:44 (three years ago) Permalink

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

goon flambience (fgti), Monday, 15 September 2014 18:49 (three years ago) Permalink

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

goon flambience (fgti), Monday, 15 September 2014 18:52 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 September 2014 15:01 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:05 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

This album is fucking awesome.

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

new album No Shape out in may!


devvvine, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 14:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

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

ufo, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink


joshywinty (josh), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 01:49 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

this is really fantastic on first listen

ufo, Thursday, 4 May 2017 18:19 (six months ago) Permalink

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

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 5 May 2017 19:22 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

Damn, Sides!

del esdichado (NickB), Friday, 12 May 2017 10:31 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

that song and video is fucking really really cool

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 23:05 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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