Words by Marvin Maddix
Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius has announced the release of his new album titled “No shape”. Famed for his haunting vocals Hadreas looks to bigger and better with his new body of work. The 13 track album is said to boast a a multitude of genres including R&B, artpop and queer soul.
Realising with Fader Perfume genius give us a sneak peak into his new album with first single from the LP “Slip Away”. The video is minefield of camp glory and we just can’t wait to see what comes next.
When asked about the video inspirations “Mike said that the album, and “Slip Away” particularly, had a lot to do with finding kinship and companionship with his female friends. He told me the song was about that intimate, blood-oath kind of friendship where it’s you two against the world. We talked about movies like Thelma & Louise, and Celine and Julie Go Boating — movies about friends who are close in an “I would die for you” way. There’s usually some kind of outer force that’s threatening them, that they have to run away from.
So I just came up with the idea of a video where Mike is opposite a really close friend. They’re like two sisters on the run from the man, you know? They had to be running from something, so I had the idea of them running from little schoolboys, but we would cast old men that kind of look like Donald Trump. So we created these Trump gremlins that organically became the villains of this fairy tale world.
I just wanted the video to be melodramatic, fun, but also campy. I think it’s fitting for Mike, because his music is so somber, but he also has the most wicked sense of humor. My goal was to capture Mike being himself, which I think is always the most magnetic thing to watch.”
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