I - Kendrick Lamar
Grizzly Bear for Mr. Porter, London, England, May 28, 2012.
from Spirited Away
turn on: Gone Girl being 145 minutes
Yawny at the Apocalypse Andrew Bird
The first line you hear on Too Bright, Hadreas’s third and strongest Perfume Genius record, is “I can see for miles.” It’s a line ringing with classic-rock mythology, and Hadreas’s voice is calm and clear when he sings it. His only accompaniment, as it was on his stripped-down first two records, is a celestial-sounding piano. You sense a dizzying expanse being surveyed, those blue eyes passing over a landscape brimming with possibility. But Hadreas wants nothing to do with it. “No thanks, I decline,” he sighs, a few lines later. Why?
“It’s a line I wrote early on, and it was sort of a key to the album,” he says. “I like to think of myself as a very emotional person, but underneath it all I always feel like everything is kind of…pointless?” He ponders his own word choice, and seems satisfied with it. “It’s a voice in my head all the time, and sometimes I kind of give in to it. Sometimes I’ll see a good path and a bad path, and I’ll decide that they’re both too determined. So I kind of just turn them both down. I can see the patterns I’m stuck in, the ways I can potentially get better, and I just — don’t.”
Perfume Genius: “I Don’t Really Know What ‘Normal’ Feels Like”