Perfume Genius watches the world burn in the theatric new video for “Slip Away,” the first offering from his upcoming album, No Shape, out May 5th via Matador.
The Andrew Thomas Huang-directed clip stars Perfume Genius mastermind Mike Hadreas and dancer Teresa “Toogie” Barcelo as best friends darting through an impressionist wonderland and gorging on fruit while being secretly followed by a pair of creepy, oversized schoolboys in clown make-up. (In an interview with The Fader, Huang noted the schoolboys were made to resemble President Donald Trump). The rumbling pulse of “Slip Away” reaches a piano-laden peak as the friends flee from the men, eventually tearing down a gauzy curtain and entering a new world where a fire rages in the distance.
No Shape marks Perfume Genius’ fourth LP and follows 2014’s Too Bright. Hadreas recorded the LP in Los Angeles with producer Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, John Legend). Perfume Genius will embark on a tour in support of No Shape May 10th at the Magic Stick Lounge in Detroit.
In a statement, Hadreas said of No Shape, “The things that are bothering me personally now are less clear, more confusing. I don’t think I really figured them out with these songs. There’s something freeing about how I don’t have it figured out. Unpacking little morsels, magnifying my discomfort, wading through buried harm, laughing at or digging in to the embarrassing drama of it all. I may never come out the other side but it’s invigorating to try and hopefully, ultimately helpful. I think a lot of them are about trying to be happy in the face of whatever bullshit I created for myself or how horrible everything and everyone is.”