|Reshaped (EP) (Jun 8, 2018)|
Perfume Genius — Reshaped (EP) (Jun 8, 2018)••• FEATURING REWORKINGS OF NO SHAPE TRACKS FROM MURA MASA, LAUREL HALO, JAM CITY, KING PRINCESS, BLAKE MILLS AND MMPH. On “No Shape” the introspective artist Perfume Genius sounds unexpectedly victorious.
••• Tortured soul Mike Hadreas takes a huge leap forward on his triumphant, shape~shifting fourth LP.
••• Awards: 2017 A / Favorite Indie Pop and Indie Rock Albums. The songwriter’s majestic fourth album gestures towards transcendence but is grounded in hard truths.
Birth name: Mike Hadreas
Born: September 25, 1981
Location: Tacoma ~ Seattle, WA ~ Everett, WA
Album release: Jun 8, 2018
Record Label: Matador
01. Braid (mmph Remix) 3:59
02. Slip Away (Mura Masa Remix) 5:19
03. Just Like Love (Jam City Remix) 3:28
04. Die 4 You (Laurel Halo Remix) 4:44
05. Every Night (Blake Mills Remix) 2:50
06. Run Me Through (King Princess Remix) 3:42
→ Clay Blair Vocals
→ Chris Dave Drums, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
→ Chris Doerr Vocals
→ Shawn Everett Synthesizer
→ Mike Hadreas Piano, Synthesizer, Trumpet, Vocals, Wurlitzer
→ Stuart Johnson Cymbals, Drums, Percussion
→ Joseph Lorge Vocals
→ Becca Luce Vocals
→ Natalie Mering Vocals
→ Blake Mills Bass, Celeste, Drums, Guitar, Guitar (Baritone), Guitarron, Kora, Marimba, Marxophone, Mellotron, Omnichord, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Programming, Synthesizer, Tabla, Vocals, Vocals (Background), Woodwind
→ Rob Moose String Arrangements, Viola, Violin
→ Pino Palladino Bass
→ Weyes Blood Featured Artist
→ Alan Wyffels Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
℗ 2018 Matador
≡> Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) has released the second video from his album No Shape, which came out May 5th on Matador Records / Rhythmethod. “Die 4 You” is directed by Floria Sigismondi (David Bowie, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake).
≡> Of “Die 4 You”, Hadreas has said: “This is a love song with a lot of breath~control fetish language, to communicate a willingness to really give yourself to someone completely.” — No Shape, the fourth Perfume Genius album, has emerged as one of the most critically lauded releases of 2017 thus far, receiving praise across the board from outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Q, Rolling Stone, MOJO, GQ, W Magazine, NPR, Dazed & Confused, DIY and many others.
≡> “No Shape sounds like a unique talent coming into full bloom. However weird it may seem, he’s here.” — The Guardian ‘Album Of The Week’ 4.5/5 stars
≡> “There’s a huge amount to explore from a musician who knows that this is his moment” — Evening Standard
≡> “…a statement of defiance, strength, and unabashed beauty” — Q
≡> “Glorious, inventive, shape~shifting music…” — Observer ‘Album Of The Week’
≡> “…a heady, volatile brew that, in these emboldened settings, have the makings of anthems” — MOJO
≡> “Perfume Genius’s ambition and eccentricity are broader than ever…” — The New York Times
≡> “… his most realized album yet, a tender and transcendental protest record of love and devotion” — Pitchfork (8.8, Best New Music)
≡> “No Shape has a strange, intense beauty in which you’ll find echoes of George Michael and Prince as well as Owen Pallett and Anohni. A spine~tingling swoon of a record.” — GQ
♠ Perfume Genius has announced ‘Reshaped’, a special remix EP of tracks taken from his Grammy nominated fourth album ‘No Shape’, which will be released June 8th on Matador. King Princess’s remix of album cut ‘Run Me Through’ is out now, following its premier as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats1 yesterday. It’s a sensuous rework from the rising Brooklyn NYC artist and producer, with an intoxicating dub and trip hop~infused beat underscoring Perfume Genius’ slinky, spellbinding melody.
♠ Featuring contributions from the stellar cast of Mura Masa (‘Slip Away’), Laurel Halo (‘Die 4 You’), Jam City (‘Just Like Love’), King Princess (‘Run Me Through’), mmph (‘Braid’), and No Shape producer Blake Mills (‘Every Night’), ‘Reshaped’ presents six adventurous takes on the albums vivid sonic world.
♠ Perfume Genius is the project of singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas, whose music spans fragile piano ballads and swaggering glam rock as he explores subjects such as sexuality, homophobia, and domestic abuse with brutal and often poetic honesty.
♠ Born in Des Moines, Iowa, and growing up in Everett, Washington, Hadreas was bullied for being gay and coped by painting, writing, and listening to artists including PJ Harvey and Liz Phair. While attending Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, he was hospitalized after he was attacked by a group of young men in his neighborhood. Once he recovered, he moved to Brooklyn and spent a few years working at a bar and partying. He returned to Everett in 2005 to go to rehab, then lived with his mother and stepfather.
♠ During this time, he began making music, pairing unflinching lyrics with simple piano melodies. By 2008 he had set up a MySpace page and began offering his music there, along with similarly spare and evocative homemade music videos; a year later, Turnstile Records released his debut single, “Mr. Peterson,” the tale of a suicidal pedophile high~school teacher. Hadreas also signed to Matador Records, which released Perfume Genius’ full~length debut, Learning, in mid~2010. To tour in support of the album, Hadreas brought Alan Wyffels, a classically trained pianist he met in group therapy, as an accompanist. Eventually, they became a couple, and Wyffels performed on Perfume Genius’ later tours and albums. These included 2012’s even more intimate Put Your Back N 2 It and 2014’s snarling Too Bright, which was inspired by glam rock, PJ Harvey, and Hadreas’ growing frustration with casual homophobia; it featured Portishead’s Adrian Utley and longtime Harvey collaborator John Parish.
♠ Perfume Genius returned with new music in 2016, collaborating with Sharon Van Etten on a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “To Lay Me Down” for Day of the Dead, a Grateful Dead tribute album produced by the Red Hot Organization to fight AIDS/HIV and related health issues around the world. That September, Hadreas also issued a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” that was featured in the ad campaign for Prada’s La Femme and L’Homme fragrances. Hadreas recorded Perfume Genius’ fourth album, No Shape, in Los Angeles with producer Blake Mills; spanning influences such as gospel, goth pop, and soul, it arrived in May 2017. A year later, he issued the No Shape companion EP Reshaped, which featured six remixes by the likes of Mura Masa, King Princess, Blake Mills, and more. ~ Heather Phares
|Reshaped (EP) (Jun 8, 2018)|