Slow and sad indie pop star Perfume Genius (known by his earth name, Mike Hadreas), is back with his third record and the follow-up to the collection of minimal guitar songs that was 'Put Ur Back N 2 It'. 'Too Bright' continues the signature Perfume Genius sound, with a stark, trembling vocal performance and clean, twinkling arrangements.
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Perfume Genius's last effort, the misleadingly-motivationally-monikered 'Put Your Back N 2 It', was a hit amongst critics and real people alike, a gorgeous mixture of pure pop intuition and a languid, bruised introspective side, weaving from Antony-esque solo piano ballads to bleak synthetic soulpop. He seems to have hit another home run here with 'Too Bright', which offers us another profound glimpse into the mind of the Perfume Genius.
One particularly noteworthy moment comes at the start of side B with 'Grid', sandwiched between piano ballad 'Don't Let Them In' and vocoder-and-handclaps cosmic pop gem 'Longpig', it's an awkward pulsating thing with driving John Carpenter synths, otherworldly distorted female chanting and hoarse disembodied howls as Mr Genius mumbles his way through this churning, chugging soundscape. 'I'm A Mother' is even mumblier, his voice a barely-whispered sob hanging in the air over doleful organs and ethereal synth drones. After all that weirdness closer 'All Along' is a perfectly-executed old-school soulpop heartbreak ballad. He's found a great balance between experimental weirdness and straightforward heartfelt pop songwriting and if you were moved by the previous record then you're likely to find 'Too Bright' similarly powerful. This guy's a real talent.
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