Perfume Genius, Parenthetical Girls Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., April 10, 8 p.m. 2012

Despite its lovely melodies, the music of Perfume Genius (aka Seattle's Mike Hadreas) reflects on some brutal subjects. On the painfully beautiful new Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador), "Take Me Home" is about turning tricks for drug money, and doubles as a shivering meditation on loneliness; Hadreas has described "17" as "basically a gay suicide letter." Because most of this largely autobiographical album is so bleak and starkly ugly, when he offers a declaration of support in "Dark Parts" ("I will take the dark part / Of your heart into my heart") it comes across as practically triumphant. The songs are built on sparse, moody piano accompaniment, but unlike the first Perfume Genius album, Hadreas cut everything in a real studio (as opposed to his mother's house), and this time out he adds lean guitar counterpoint and ghostly vocal harmonies. Something in Hadreas's voice reminds me of a less grandiose Antony—I don't know if I've ever heard such difficult realities sound so pretty. —Peter Margasak Parenthetical Girls open.

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