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Perfume Genius

Too Bright (10th Anniversary) [Crystal Clear Vinyl]

Too Bright (10th Anniversary) [Crystal Clear Vinyl]

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Reissued on crystal clear vinyl for the 10th anniversary this September, ‘Too Bright,’ remains an early standout of Perfume Genius’s (Mike Hadreas) unparalleled oeuvre. It is a brave, bold, unpredictably quixotic exploration of what Hadreas called in 2014 “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since ten and has just begun to bubble up.” Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s ‘The Dreaming’ or Scott Walker’s ‘Tilt,’ records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.

Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutalised, yet ultimately, slowly but surely reclaimed.

Release Date: September 20, 2024

UPC: 744861102809

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