Perfume Genius, has announced, his new album, Ugly Season, will drop on June 17th via Matador Records. Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) has teamed with renowned visual artist Jacolby Satterwhite for a short film featuring Hadreas and the music of Ugly Season. Satterwhite is known for his immersive multidisciplinary technique that fuses live video, 3-D animation, drawing and print-making. Satterwhite’s work has appeared at MoMa, The Smithsonian, The Whitney and the Studio Museum of Harlem. His music video and directing credits include the visual accompaniment to Solange’s When I Get Home.
“This project is the genesis of a whole new direction that I’m taking, one that I’ve been thinking about within this endemic culture, since 2020,” says Satterwhite. “Mike and I are both writing scripts. 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 beyond your scope that it’s hard to grapple into a concrete form.”
The music of Ugly Season was written as the accompaniment to Perfume Genius and choreographer Kate Wallich’s immersive dance piece, The Sun Still Burns Here. The work was commissioned by the Seattle Theatre Group and Mass MoCA and was performed via residencies in Seattle, Minneapolis, New York City and Boston throughout 2019. During this time, Perfume Genius publicly shared two of the dance project’s compositions – “Pop Song” and “Eye in the Wall.” The album was produced by Perfume Genius and GRAMMY-winning producer and long-time collaborator Blake Mills and was created in collaboration with Hadreas’ long-time partner Alan Wyffels.
Following the release of Set My Heart On Fire, Perfume Genius released IMMEDIATELY Remixes which sees every song on the album remixed in original running sequence by various artists including Jaakko Eino Kaleivi, Jim-E Stack, Planningtorock, Jenny Hval, Initial Talk, Nídia, Danny L Harle, Westerman, Actress, Koreless, Boy Harsher and Katie Dey.
Just a Room
Eye in the Wall
Perfume Genius 2022 Tour Dates
3/24/22 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
3/25/22 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
3/26/22 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
3/28/22 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
3/29/22 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
3/30/22 – Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
4/01/22 – Saint Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
4/02/22 – The Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
4/03/22 – Théâtre Rialto – Montreal, QC
4/05/22 – Royale – Boston, MA
4/06/22 – Gateway City Arts – Holyoke, MA
4/07/22 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY
Pre-order Ugly Season by Perfume Genius HERE