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Perfume Genius discusses upcoming album in new interview

22 February 2017, 09:39 | Written by Laurence Day

Perfume Genius has been announcing new live shows left, right, and centre - and now we've got some details of a new record.

The artist, aka Mike Hadreas, is set to play big European dates at festivals such as Way Out West and End Of The Road this summer, but until now news of a follow up to 2014's Too Bright remained elusive.

Now, in a new cover feature with The FADER, Hadreas opens up about the as-yet-untitled LP, reportedly due out in May. The album was mostly recorded with producer Blake Mills (John Legend, Fiona Apple) in Los Angeles.

"I started writing songs later in life because I just couldn’t commit to it before," Hadreas says. "I guess it just matters enough to me now. You’re obsessed with the feeling of making an actual thing. That’s where all the purpose comes from, even if it’s hard. It’s the only thing I have that gives me that feeling."

"I think it would’ve been too easy for him to just write sob stories about being a drug addict... when you are a drug addict and alcoholic, you function in crisis mode all the time," Hadreas' boyfriend Alan Wyffels tells the magazine. "[first albums] Learning and Put Your Back N 2 It was Mike processing those things. Too Bright was a lot of anger. And this album is like, okay, we’re on the other side."

The tracklist isn't complete yet, but the album will apparently feature tracks called "Die 4 You" ("It’s a metaphor for giving all of yourself to someone else. You can push it so far that I might even die and that would be okay..."), "Alan" ("about the comfort of his life with his boyfriend"), and "Every Night".

Read the full feature on The FADER.

Last year Hadreas covered an Elvis Presley classic and contributed to 4AD's exceptional Grateful Dead compilation.

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