Heartwarming – PERFUME GENIUS Charmes With ‘ON THE FLOOR’…

Vibes for the laziest day of the week

14 June 2020

A month ago Mike Hadreas aka PERFUME GENIUS released his much-acclaimed fifth album Set My Heart on Fire Immediately. Another compassionate piece of work with ON THE FLOOR as one of the highlights. A bouncy and heartwarming soul-pop humdinger described by NME as Hadreas’ take on the joyous pop of Cyndi Lauper.

Here we go…

Album in full…


NEW ALBUMS – Perfume Genius – Magnetic Fields – Sparks – Jason Isbell And The Unit 400

Brand new longplayers…

‘Set My Heart On Fire Immediately’ by PERFUME GENIUS – Seattle, US – Fifth album

“Whatever he’s doing, the results are uniformly fantastic: rich, fascinating and moving, packed with gorgeous melodies and arrangements that feel alive, constantly writhing into unexpected new shapes. For an artist frequently characterised by his miserable backstory of bullying, addiction and chronic illness and his lyrical empathy for human failure and frailty, it feels astonishingly assured and confident in its approach, which perhaps explains the cover image and supporting cast: an expression of power and focus, like the album itself.”
The Guardian (UK newspaper) – Score: 5/5

Stream here…

‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’ by SPARKS – Pacific Palisades, California – 24th album

“You could pick a highlight for your every mood from this diverse set. It is an album as multi-faceted as it is innovative. And that’s Sparks to a tee. For all the surreal and light-hearted examinations of under-explored pop-song subjects such as Stravinsky and lawnmowers,
there are hugely poignant moments.”
Independent (UK newspaper) – Score: 4/5

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‘Quickies’ by Magnetic Fields – New York City – 12th album

“The album’s songs offer funny and poignant portraits of their subjects, but on a deeper level, they address broader philosophical questions: What makes someone attractive to us when others find them loathsome? Why does domestic life feel so confining, while danger excites us? Why do we look back on the darkest moments of our life so fondly? Merritt’s ability to blend comedy and heartache through finely observed character studies is one of his greatest strengths, and that skill in fine form throughout Quickies.” Slant (webzine US) Score: 4/5

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‘Reunions’ by JASON ISBELL & THE UNIT 400 – Green Hill, Alabama – seventh album

“In addition to being his most crisply produced, sleek recording yet, Isbell’s latest is also his most haunted and ruminative (the word “ghost’ appears no less than five times). As such, Reunions feels meaningfully, if subtly, removed from the trilogy of post-sobriety records the Nashville-via-North Alabama songwriter has written over the past decade. Reunions is a nuanced, probing record that finds Isbell more restless than he’s been since Southeastern, a rich portrait of an artist eternally searching deeper within himself. “You tell the truth enough,” as he puts it on “Be Afraid,” “you find it rhymes with everything.” – Rolling Stone – Score: 3.5/5

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PERFUME GENIUS Returns With Heavyhearted Single And Clip From New Album – Here’s ‘DESCRIBE’…

New sonic impulses

27 February 2020

American singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas aka PERFUME GENIUS returns with
new album called SET ME ON FIRE IMMEDIATELY. His first since No Shape from
2017. The new one will be out on 15 May.

He also shared lead-single ‘DESCRIBE’. A heavyhearted, yet electrifying ballad.
The accompanying clip was directed by himself and a stunning piece of work.

Listen/watch here…


PERFUME GENIUS Shares New Trancy Track Called ‘EYE IN THE WALL’…

New sonic impulses

15 September 2019


Passionate queer singer/songwriter and performer PERFUME GENIUS unveiled a new trancy track called ‘EYE IN THE WALL’  a song taken from The Sun Stills Burn Here, a dance and music performance collaboration with Seattle-based choreographer Kate Wallich debuting in October 2019.

It sounds and feels dancey, atmospheric, cinematic and exotically rhythmic. Like techno pioneers Leftfield having a night out in space. Catch the transcendent vibe here…


PERFUME GENIUS Shares Brand New Afflictive Cry Of Despair ‘NOT FOR ME’…

New sonic impulses

19 November 2018

After reworking ‘Alan‘, the closing track of his 2017 album No Shape with streaming benefits going towards American immigrant rights organization Immigration Equality, Mike Seattle’s singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas aka PERFUME GENIUS has just launched new afflictive song called NOT FOR ME. An intimate, yet painfully captivating cry of despair caused by being unloved, by being ignored. “I’ve never known love or been shown love, you’ll see / Ballads are being sung, but not for me” he regrets deeply. Listen here…