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Perfume Genius releasing ‘Set My Heart on Fire Immediately” (stream “Describe”)

Perfume Genius

We’ve been anticipating Perfume Genius’ followup to 2017’s great No Shape for a while, and now we officially know it’s called Set My Heart on Fire Immediately (artwork above) and it’s out May 15 via Matador (pre-order). He’s also sharing the album’s lead single “Describe,” which shows Mike Hadreas experimenting with distorted, hazy sounds but also some countrified slide guitar. Listen, watch the video, and check out the tracklist below.

The album was produced by Blake Mills (who also helmed No Shape) and it features contributions from Jim Keltner, Pino Palladino and Matt Chamberlin. Here’s more info via Matador:

The album explores and subverts concepts of masculinity and traditional roles, and introduces decidedly American musical influences. Throughout Hadreas plays with themes of love, sex, memory and the body, channeling popular music mythologies while irreverently authoring its own – from the delirious, Cyndi Lauper-nodding celebratory pop of ‘On The Floor’, specters of Elvis on haunted tremolo waltz ‘One More Try’, to the harpsichord- punctuated baroque pop of ‘Jason’, and gliding steel guitar and Balearic rhythm of ‘Without You’.

“I wanted to feel more open, more free and spiritually wild,” says Hadreas, “and I’m in a place now where those feelings are very close– but it can border on being unhinged. I wrote these songs as a way to be more patient, more considered — to pull at all these chaotic threads hovering around me and weave them in to something warm, thoughtful and comforting.”

First album taster ‘Describe’ captures this sense of fleetingness and living in the moment through a heavy fog of grizzly distortion and tumbling slide guitars: “It started as a really somber ballad. It was very minimal and very slow. And then it turned into this beast of a song. I started writing that about when you are in such a dark place that you don’t even remember what goodness is or what anything feels like. And so, the idea was having someone describe that to you, because you forgot or can’t get to it.” Its accompanying video, self-directed by Hadreas, envisions “an end of the world where there are no boundaries, there are no edges, no rules, or the rules are completely new with how you interact with each other and the space around you.”

Perfume Genius is also touring with Tame Impala later this year, beginning in May. All dates are listed below.

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Set My Heart on Fire Immediately tracklist:
Whole Life
Describe
Without You
Jason
Leave
On the Floor
Your Body Changes Everything
Moonbend
Just a Touch
Nothing at All
One More Try
Some Dream
Borrowed Light

Perfume Genius – 2020 Tour Dates
05/29/20 – Chicago, IL @ United Center#
05/30/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum#
05/31/20 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena#
06/02/20 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena#
06/03/20 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre#
06/06/20 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena#
06/08/20 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center#
06/09/20 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena#
06/11/20 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena#
06/12/20 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center#
07/17/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center#
07/19/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center#
07/20/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center#
07/21/20 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center#
07/23/20 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center#
07/24/20 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center#
07/25/20 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center#
07/28/20 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena#
07/30/20 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center#
08/01/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena#
08/03/20 – Portland, OR @ MODA Center#
08/05/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena#
08/07/20 – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphiteathre#

# – w/ Tame Impala

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