Perfume Genius - No Shape

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No Shape is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Perfume Genius, released in May 2017 by Matador Records.

Perfume Genius is the stage name for Seattle-based solo artist Mike Hadreas.

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 earlier 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.

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.

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.

This Indie Record Store Exclusive Limited Edition double LP housed in an embossed gatefold sleeve with digital download is pressed in Europe on clear vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Other Side

2:40

A2

Slip Away

2:45

A3

Just Like Love

3:14

A4

Go Ahead

2:53

B1

Valley

3:09

B2

Wreath

4:26

B3

Every Night

2:47

C1

Choir

2:28

C2

Die 4 You

3:32

C3

Sides (Feat. Weyes Blood)

4:52

D1

Braid

2:58

D2

Run Me Through

4:44

D3

Alan

2:46

SKU 744861111382
Record Label Matador Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number OLE 113-8
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 05 May 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 05 May 2017
Barcode # 744861111382
Shipping Weight 0.4700kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Clear Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve with Embossed Glossy Lettering, Digital Download Code, Indie Record Store Exclusive Edition
Vinyl Colour Clear
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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