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Perfume Genius – No Shape (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Perfume Genius – No Shape (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 43:20 minutes | 878 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Matador Records

Perfume Genius is the stage name for Seattle-based artist Mike Hadreas. This fourth full-length release for the indie singer-songwriter features 13 new ferocious and sophisticated tracks. Mike Hadreas and his collaborators blow through church music, makeout music, an array of the gothier radio popular formats, rhythm and blues, art pop, krautrock, queer soul, the RCA Studio B sound, and then also collect some of the sounds that only exist inside Freddy Krueger. No Shape was produced by Blake Mills, the man behind Alabama Shakes’ Grammy Award winning album. He added precision and expansion. Some things are pretty and some are blasted beyond recongition. Records like this, records that make you feel like you’re 15 and just seeing the truth for the first time, are excessively rare. They’re here to remind you that you’re divine.

Trauma and its transformative powers have been at the heart of Perfume Genius’ music since the beginning, and in its own way, No Shape is no exception. On early albums like Learning, it felt like Mike Hadreas had to fight through the pain to get out his hushed confessions, while the fierce Too Bright brought his anger to the surface. No Shape finds Hadreas moving toward acceptance, allowing his music to bloom and grow. Musically and emotionally, it’s a move that’s as bold as Too Bright was, even though this album’s sound is more incandescent than its predecessor’s molten rage. Producer Blake Mills’ Technicolor arrangements and sonic tricks help Perfume Genius make good on the subversive lavishness Too Bright promised: “Otherside” begins the album with a tender piano ballad that feels almost predictable – until it explodes into glittering choruses that are anything but. From there, Hadreas explores different sounds that reflect the need for change after pain, whether it’s the luminous “Slip Away,” the psychedelic orchestral synth-pop of “Just Like Love,” the daring electro of “Go Ahead,” or the brilliant Kate Bush homage “Wreath.” This newfound flexibility extends to No Shape’s expressions of sensuality, which span the slow-burning trip-hop of “Die 4 You,” the late-night sultriness of “Run Me Through,” and “Sides,” where ’80s funk and synth-pop influences, strings, and Weyes Blood’s ethereal vocals combine in a swooning, complex standout. However, the most compelling proof of Hadreas’ transformed state of mind may lie within No Shape’s ballads. On songs like “Every Night” and especially the spine-tingling love song to his partner, “Alan,” he sings with the gentleness of someone who’s healed after being fragile and broken. Though No Shape shows how much his music has expanded since the Learning days, it also proves he hasn’t lost any of his ability to connect with listeners. Instead, it reveals him as a sonic adventurer and truth teller who’s made some of his most compulsively listenable music.

01 – Otherside
02 – Slip Away
03 – Just Like Love
04 – Go Ahead
05 – Valley
06 – Wreath
07 – Every Night
08 – Choir
09 – Die 4 You
10 – Sides (Feat. Weyes Blood)
11 – Braid
12 – Run Me Through
13 – Alan


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