Too Bright

Too Bright

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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.

Too Bright, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a brave, bold, unpredictably quixotic exploration of what Hadreas calls 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 BushThe Dreaming or Scott WalkerTilt, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.


i.           I Decline

ii.          Queen

iii.         Fool

iv.        No Good

v.         My Body

vi.        Dont Let Them In

vii.       Grid

viii.      Longpig

ix.        Im a Mother

x.         Too Bright

xi.        All Along