Mike Hadreas has announced his next Perfume Genius album: Ugly Season is out June 17 via Matador. Hadreas also collaborated with visual artist Jacolby Satterwhite for a short film that will accompany the release of the record. Check out the LP’s cover art and tracklist below.
The music of Ugly Season was written for Perfume Genius and choreographer Kate Wallich’s immersive dance piece, The Sun Still Burns Here, which was performed in various cities in the US throughout 2019. The album was produced with longtime collaborator Blake Mills, with contributions from Hadreas’ longtime partner Alan Wyffels.
“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,” Satterwhite explained in a press release. “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.”
Perfume Genius recently shared a remix of Charli XCX’s ‘Good Ones’. Last year, he released IMMEIDATELY Remixes, an album of reimagined versions of each track from his 2020 LP Set My Heart on Fire Immediately.
Ugly Season Cover Artwork:
Ugly Season Tracklist:
1. Just a Room
4. Pop Song
6. Ugly Season
7. Eye in the Wall