Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius
, produces music that nurtures a specific sort of ambiance, one that feels so intimate and personal that your ears become keen to the most minute inflections in his trembling voice and the most gentle taps of piano keys. Most of the songs on his beautifully tragic Matador-released debut Learning
, are played over the kinds of simple piano arrangements that you might've learned in grade school&mdash cute, kitschy, straightforward&mdash but the lyrical content and stories behind them possess a mature depth totally incomprehensible to any 12-year-old.
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