Perfume Genius, nom de poster-wraith of musician Mike Hadreas, will release his fourth album, No Shape, May 5 on Matador Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Blake Mills, mixed by Shawn Everett.
The video for the first single, "Slip Away," was directed by longtime Bjork collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang and is co-presented by The Fader, whose current Perfume Genius cover story is a peek into his mindset upon completing the album in January.
Perfume Genius's 2014 breakout album Too Bright--called "awe-inspiring, magnificent" by NPR--marked a musical and performative leap that sounds unlike anything before or since. With his new songs, he goes even further, merging church music, makeout music, R&B, art pop, krautrock, and queer soul into his take on stadium anthems.
Of the album, Hadreas says: "I pay my rent. I'm approaching health. The things that are bothering me personally now are less clear, more confusing. I don't think I really figured them out with these songs. There's something freeing about how I don't have it figured out. Unpacking little morsels, magnifying my discomfort, wading through buried harm, laughing at or digging into the embarrassing drama of it all. I may never come out the other side but it's invigorating to try and hopefully, ultimately helpful. I think a lot of them are about trying to be happy in the face of whatever bullshit I created for myself or how horrible everything and everyone is."
In a bio for the album, writer Choire Sicha says, "God is all around actually and some of these songs are about being equal and some are about the witchcraft of believing. This is church music the same way Prince's Black Album is--too dirty. It's femme art pop the way Kate Bush's The Dreaming is--too scary."
Wed, May 10 - Magic Stick Lounge - Detroit, MI
Thu, May 11 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club - Toronto, ON
Fri, May 12 - Theatre Fairmount - Montreal, QC
Sat, May 13 - Royale - Boston, MA
Mon, May 15 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
Tue, May 16 - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY
Thu, May 18 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
Fri, May 19 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
Sat, May 20 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
Sun, May 21 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Tue, May 23 - The Back Room at Colectivo - Milwaukee, WI
Wed, May 24 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
Thu, May 25 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
Fri, June 16 - Eaux Claires Festival - Eau Claire, WI
Sat, June 17 - Eaux Claires Festival - Eau Claire, WI
Sat, July 15 - Imperial - Vancouver, BC
Sun, Jul 16 - Revolution Hall - Portland, OR
Tue, Jul 18 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
Wed, Jul 19 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
Sun, Jul 23 - Capitol Hill Block Party - Seattle, WA