Mike Hadreas is back with his new album as Perfume Genius, Ugly Season.
The record serves as the accompaniment to Perfume Genius and choreographer Kate Wallich’s immersive dance piece, The Sun Still Burns Here. The piece was commissioned by the Seattle Theatre Group and Mass MoCA and performed at several residencies throughout 2019. With the onset of the 2020 pandemic, they couldn’t perform The Sun Still Burns Here in the way it was imagined. So, Hadreas gave the completed recordings to Jacolby Satterwhite to create a short film, which came out earlier this week.
All-in-all Ugly Season is an orchestral, almost cinematic collection that leans into grand sonic territory. With emotional melodies and powerful, textured instrumental lines, this album is sure to move you.
Stream Ugly Season below.
Ugly Season features the previously released single “Pop Song.”
“I gave him free reign,” Hadreas explains of collaborating with Satterwhite. “We’re both the same age, I feel very aligned with Jacolby when it comes to taste and certain pop culture obsessions. There is also a spiritual harmony between us in the way we approach work and the similar energetic spaced we want to inhabit, realize and share.”
“Mike and I are both writing scripts,” Satterwhite adds of the Pygmalion’s Ugly Season collab. “My visual narrative serendipitously mirrors the lyrical direction in his music; it’s a rare, like-minded bond. It’s a creation myth. How do you architecturally mold and render an idealized version of utopia? It’s about making something that you desire so byeond your scope that it’s hard to grapple into a concrete form.”