Mike Hadreas once again casts an evocative spell on his sixth record under musical moniker Perfume Genius, transforming his much loved indie-pop into something much more avant-garde.
Conceived as the musical accompaniment to Kate Wallich’s immersive dance piece The Sun Still Burns Here, Ugly Season turns its attention away from Hadreas’ vocals and lyrics, instead highlighting the array of instrumentation at play. The album sees Hadreas broaden his palette of sounds tenfold, with flutes, chimes and harps pushing production to daring, and at times unpredictable places.
Penultimate track Hellbent is the best example of this new approach, utilising an array of samples to give the song an industrial bent.
Ugly Season by Perfume Genius is out now via Matador/Remote Control.