Friday, February 10, 2012
Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It
Mike Hadreas is the Perfume Genius. As Perfume Genius he writes lilting, fragile folk songs that sound so incredibly depressing they can't be healthy. His latest album, Put Your Back N 2 It is not at all what it would imply. Far from sexy or racy, or even innuendo Put Your Back N 2 It is an album of crippling quietness and fragility.
Put Your Back N 2 It is an atmospheric album that just sounds sad and really lonely. Incredibly intimate, lethargic, and hushed Perfume Genius seems almost as if he's struggling to let the songs flow out of him. Much of this record seems like an internal struggle between the personal and the public and despite the lush instrumentation and hushed tones it just feels so incredibly downtrodden it's hard to listen to.
Perfume Genius may have written a thing of beauty but my tolerance for music this unobtrusive isn't that high. I can't say that I really enjoyed this album. I can appreciate the ambient nature of it and the lushness behind it, but it just strings itself along at such a slow pace it’s hard to follow. This is folk music that feels down, broken, and reserved and it needs to Put Your Back N 2 It to give it some energy.