Thursday, November 06, 2014

Too Bright

Music makes me poetic.

I love it when an album catches you by surprise and sort of demands you to stop whatever you're doing and just listen. And then have all these different emotions rush through you like it's no big deal.  But really, it is(!) because now you're three songs deep and somehow you've got a napkin on your hand ready to catch the first tear to fall. But then it doesn't because you don't let it fall. You don't want it to fall...

...because now, you're not really listening to the music anymore. You're listening to the voice in your head that you've silenced for so long, like an "old friend" with a silly grin on its face. You try not to listen and it usually works. But this time it doesn't and it really hurts. 


You've reached the last song and somehow, you know all the words too well. You sing, "deep down I never did feel right..."And now you wonder, when will I get it right.

I was listening to Perfume Genius' Too Bright LP for a couple of weeks now and found myself writing this and trying to be poetic. (emphasis on try) But I first read this piece about Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius' tortured journey upon making his latest album and wanted to hear it for myself and understand. And just like that, I fell in love with his music. It's emotional and that's probably why it makes it so compelling.

Hadreas says of the album's overall theme that "a lot of these songs are me trying to claim some power in situations that would typically depress or alienate or victimize me.  Also, no matter how good I feel there is a darkness hanging, which I don't agree with - giving it a voice is an attempt at freeing it so it can potentially dissipate."

His music has grown and matured over the years and it you can clearly hear it in this album. I highly recommend that you listen to it. It's simply marvelous and definitely one of the best albums of 2014. My favorite track has got to be the finger-snapping, "Fool."

{Bonus: Watch the music video he did for his song, Hood, which got a lot of controversy.}

Enjoy listening to this aptly themed playlist!

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