Back in 2010, Seattle’s Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) released his lovingly crafted debut, Learning, an LP so intimate in content and form that it was easy to feel like you just discovered it hiding at the bottom of his underwear drawer. A very magical underwear drawer no less, where a sweeping Sigur Ros-esque drone can live (un)happily next to a depressing piano ballad about the doomed love affair between a gay sixteen year old and his understandably conflicted high school teacher. Sadly, I think we’re a few more black presidents away from this sort of stuff blazing its way up the Billboard charts, brilliant as it may be.
That said, Hadreas doesn’t strike me as the kind of sort who is worried too much about sales figures, much less pushing a few buttons on the road to brutal honesty – and this recently released video for the song Hood, taken from the forthcoming album Put Your Back N 2 It, will certainly do some of the latter. So if you’ve got a Confederate flag painted on the back of your pickup truck, go ahead and start priming your list of homophobic slurs now, because you’re going to need them in a big way. The rest of you, get ready for an all-too-true depiction of the limitations of love, as portrayed by one very hairy gay porn star and handsome young Mike.
Put Your Back N 2 It, will be released courtesy of Matador Records on February 21. And judging by this teaser, it’s going to bring the awesome.