Perfume Genius is Genius

12 Dec

Perfume Genius Learning

Perfume Genius - Learning

I hadn’t even heard of Perfume Genius until this week. Completely off my radar, which admittedly has been set to “ultra-heavy” lately. Now Perfume Genius isn’t heavy musically – far from it.

The music is wispy and melodic piano with a barely-there vocal. The sound of a sensitive, damaged soul unburdening his heart. It’s more Anthony and The Johnsons than Coldplay though before you run away screaming (although it’s not really like the former either).

While it may not have blastbeats and scouring waves of guitar, the emotion on this album is so intense you will catch yourself staring into space, lost and entranced, more than once before the end of the album.

Anyway check out the album, which was  #4 in the DrownedinSound Top Albums of 2010, here.

Here’s some Youtube goodness (sorry about the ad but its better quality than the amateur clips) – the simply melody really affects me.

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2 Responses to “Perfume Genius is Genius”

  1. MostlyArmless December 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    Just listening to this for the first time now, it’s rather special isn’t it? His voice reminds me a lot of Illinois-era Sufjan Stephens.

  2. Kuz December 13, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    Hey, thanks for reading the post! There’s certainly some similarities with Sufjan Stevens from that album (I’ve just had another quick listen to remind myself) but while Stevens’s voice can be understated, there’s a brimming confidence. Perfume Genius on the other hand seems so fragile that he’s a hairs breadth from complete disintegration. I need to listen to it some more but you’re right, it is rather special.

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