"Queen"

On his first two albums, Mike Hadreas (a.k.a. Perfume Genius) has explored vulnerable romantic identity using quivery vocals and stark piano for maximum sadness. This song from his upcoming Too Bright has a surprising swagger: Fuzzed-out reverb and crashing drums prove confidence looks just as good on Hadreas as confusion – maybe even better.

From The Archives Issue 1215: August 14, 2014