Perfume Genius

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  • Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
  • No Shape

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About Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius is the stage name of indie pop artist Michael Hadreas, an award-winning singer-songwriter whose adventurous style includes piano ballads, glam rock, synth-pop, and more. ∙ Early in his career, he earned critical acclaim for the melodic pop minimalism and emotionally vulnerable lyricism of his 2010 album, Learning, and 2012’s Put Your Back N 2 It. ∙ Too Bright, his breakthrough Top 10 LP from 2014, featured an expansive production and instrumental palette from Portishead’s Adrian Utley (Marianne Faithfull, Torres). ∙ He contributed vocals to the dual-language collaborative single “Jonathan,” from French synth-pop singer Christine and the Queens’ 2015 self-titled album. ∙ The hushed acoustic ballad “Normal Song” became his first Top 20 hit, reaching No. 20 on Billboard’s Alternative Digital Song Sales chart in 2017. ∙ His Grammy-nominated 2017 LP, No Shape, appeared in the Top 10 of multiple year-end lists, including those from NPR, Stereogum, and The Independent. ∙ Working closely with multigenre producer Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, John Legend), Perfume Genius crafted his most acclaimed LP to date, Set My Heart on Fire Immediately, in 2020.

Des Moines, IA, United States
September 25, 1981

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