A strange, hypnotic combination of lush melodies and surreal atmosphere, this glorious album by Perfume Genius is as unique as the compelling performer himself. It’s like putting the aggressive, defiant flamboyance of Jobriath, the tragic pining of Antony and the Johnsons and the surrealistic, emotion-driven music of This Mortal Coil into a blender, and the final result is as riveting and engaging as all the aforementioned. Most of the songs feel less like individual songs and more like the branches of the same tree, each capturing a different aspect of its creator but coming together in the end to create a unified whole. It’s truly something remarkable, and has piqued my interest regarding the performer himself much more than I was anticipating.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)