Published Mar 21, 2017Upon the announcement of his upcoming North American tour, Perfume Genius (a.k.a. Mike Hadreas) hinted that a new album was on the way. Now, full details have arrived. He'll release No Shape on May 5 via Matador Records.
Hadreas recorded the new record in Los Angeles with producer Blake Mills, and it marks the follow-up to 2014's Too Bright.
According to a press release, No Shape builds on the eccentric influences of its predecessor, "merging church music, make out music, R&B, art pop, krautrock, and queer soul into his take on stadium anthems" — unabashedly striving to deliver full-blown pop tunes.
A statement from Hadreas about the new LP reads:
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 in to 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.
Lead single "Slip Away" is the first example of Hadreas's new sonic direction, and it's been paired with a music video courtesy of Björk collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang. It features a close look at the relationship between two sisters, one of whom is played by Hadreas.
Below, find the complete tracklisting for No Shape. Note that amongst the 13 new songs is a collaboration with Weyes Blood called "Sides." Past the list of song titles, hit play to watch the brand new video for "Slip Away."
2. Slip Away
3. Just Like Love
4. Go Ahead
7. Every Night
9. Die 4 You
10. Sides (feat. Weyes Blood)
12. Run Me Through
05/10 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Lounge *
05/11 Toronto, ON - Virgin Mobile Mod Club *
05/12 Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount *
05/13 Boston, MA - Royale *
05/15 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
05/16 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
05/18 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
05/19 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle *
05/20 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
05/21 Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
05/23 Milwaukee, WI - Cedar Cultural Center *
05/24 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *
05/25 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
06/16-17 Eau Claire, WI - Eaux Claires Festival
07/15 Vancouver, BC - Imperial
07/16 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
07/18 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
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