There's not much I can say about this new Perfume Genius song that wouldn't be better said by the artist himself. Here's what Mike Hadreas told NPR:
"My favorite movie is Dogfight with River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. The ending is kind of bittersweet, but so real and moving and complicated. I tried to see if I could make something similar. It's about a love that other people tell you is devious or not natural, being very pure and true — physical or otherwise.
When I was doing press for my last album, everybody kept asking me why I was writing about all this when gay people can get married and it's not illegal to suck d*** in Wyoming or wherever, but there are still a lot of really horrible things going on right now. So there's a joy to this song, but it's a protest, too."
Perfume Genius will release No Shape in May.
I shared a track by Connor Murphy's band Foxing a couple years ago and just learned that he has a solo side project called Smidley. It's a touch poppier than the music he makes with Foxing, but I like it just the same.