The release arrives alongside an official short film, Pygmalion’s Ugly Season.
Image: Bryan Ling.
US indie icon Perfume Genius' new album, Ugly Season, has arrived!
Written as an accompaniment to choreographer Kate Wallich’s immersive dance piece, The Sun Still Burns Here, the record was produced by Perfume Genius and GRAMMY-winning producer and long-time collaborator Blake Mills. The musical project of Mike Hadreas, the album is accompanied by a short film, Pygmalion’s Ugly Season, created alongside Alan Wyffels and producer Blake Mills.
“Some were ‘traditional’ songs that I took into the studio, while other pieces were born out of improvisations between Blake and I. Alan wrote ‘Scherzo’ in its entirety. I gave him free reign,” says Hadreas. “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 spaces we want to inhabit, realize and share."
"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 idealised 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.”
Earlier this month, Perfume Genius brought his live show to Australia, performing in Melbourne and Brisbane, also stopping in Sydney to headline a show at Carriageworks as part of their program for Vivid Sydney.
Ugly Season is out now!
PERFUME GENIUS - AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES - JUNE 2022
Thursday 9 June & Friday 10 June - Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Pre-sale Friday 18 March @ 12pm
General on sale Monday 21 March @ 11am
Saturday 11 June - VIVID Carriageworks, Sydney
Pre-sale Thursday 17 March @ 9am
General on sale Thursday 17 March @ 2pm
Wednesday 15 June - Princess Theatre, Brisbane
Presented by Jet Black Cat Music
Ticketmaster Pre-sale open Thursday 24 March