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Perfume Genius Announces New Album 'Ugly Season' And Accompanying Short Film

Thursday, 24 March 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Perfume Genius, real name Mike Hadreas, has announced a new album.

'Ugly Season' will arrive on June 17 via Matador Records, accompanied by a short film created by Hadreas and visual artist Jacolby Satterwhite, featuring music from the record. It'll utilise immersive multidisciplinary methods that combine live video, 3-D animation, drawing and print-making.

"This project is the genesis of a whole new direction that I’m taking, one that I’ve been thinking about within this endemic culture, since 2020," says Satterwhite. "Mike and I are both writing scripts. My visual narrative serendipitously mirrors the lyrical direction in his music; it’s a rare, like-minded bond. It’s a creation myth. How do you architecturally mold and render an idealized version of utopia? It’s about making something that you desire so beyond your scope that it’s hard to grapple into a concrete form."

Produced by Perfume Genius and Grammy Award-winning producer and frequent collaborator Blake Mills, the record was created alongside Hadreas' long-time partner Alan Wyffels. It'll include the already released compositions Pop Song and Eyes In The Wall, along with other material written to accompany The Sun Still Burns Here, a dance piece by the indie-pop artist and choreographer Kate Wallich.

The immersive project was performed at residencies in Seattle, Minneapolis, New York City and Boston during 2019.

Perfume Genius recently kicked off his North American tour, with dates running through to early April. Tickets are on sale now.

'Ugly Season' tracklist:

1. Just a Room
2. Herem
3. Teeth
4. Pop Song
5. Scherzo
6. Ugly Season
7. Eye in the Wall
8. Photograph
9. Hellbent
10. Cenote

Perfume Genius Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu March 24 2022 - NEW HAVEN Connecticut - College Street Music Hall (USA)
Fri March 25 2022 - WASHINGTON District of Columbia - 930 Club (USA)
Sat March 26 2022 - MILLVALE Pennsylvania - Mr. Smalls Theatre (USA)
Mon March 28 2022 - MILWAUKEE Wisconsin - Milwaukee Turner Hall Ballroom (USA)
Tue March 29 2022 - CHICAGO Illinois - Thalia Hall Chicago (USA)
Wed March 30 2022 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - Fine Line Music Cafe (USA)
Fri April 01 2022 - DETROIT - St. Andrews Hall (USA)
Tue April 05 2022 - BOSTON Massachusetts - Royale Boston (USA)
Wed April 06 2022 - HOLYOKE Massachusetts - Gateway City Arts (USA)
Thu April 07 2022 - NEW YORK New York - Beacon Theatre (USA)

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