I have no frame of reference for this incredible music and video project by Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas), previously here. Taken from his new release "Ugly Season," the five tracks in this 29 minute video titled "Pygmalion's Ugly Season" are at once familiar in sound and structure and then, entirely not. This is subtle experimental art-pop music, its edges blurred, not allowing itself to be seen all at once. And this perfectly supports the visuals by the incredibly talented Jacolby Satterwhite (who made a wonderful video to accompany The 1975's song "Having No Head," seen here). Starting with a metaphysical journey into the body, we explore surreal inner worlds where 3D images are flattened, and what should be 2D images are puffed up and come to life. Each section features Hadreas and others in improvisational erotic modern dance vignettes. It is both heartening and unique to see such a matter-of-fact expression of gay desire.
And we back out of these worlds the same way we entered: through energy points in the corporeal body.
The entire project feels like something that must be meditated on, an enigma that must be unraveled. And Hadreas seems to have created something that has allowed him to leap to another level as an artist.