Golden rollerblades and the Cult of the Duck? Sounds like my fourth grade birthday party.
Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) has released a third video from his third album, this year’s critically acclaimed, Too Bright. “Fool” marks his second collaboration, after “Grid,” with director Charlotte Rutherford.
Their latest video has Hadreas in striking white and red lips while rollerblading through town to catch up with some crow-like dancers and a baby duck. If someone can write a short story that links the three videos from this year’s album, I would read it (great incentive, right?).
Instead of revealing secret narratives for the sometimes ambiguous songs, the videos create a visual environment for Perfume Genius' most confident and playful product to date. Continuing to confront issues of self-identity, anxiety and sexuality, siren synths and doo-wop snaps buoy Hadreas’ ethereal vocals -- pretty to the point of fragility until they rise and rage like a sea monster. Maybe the short story can be about a sea monster?
Check out Perfume Genius live, too:
Mon Mar 16 - Wexner Center - Columbus, OH
Tue Mar 17 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
Thu Mar 19 - Stage 48 - New York, NY
Fri Mar 20 - The Sinclair - Cambridge MA
Sat Mar 21 - Columbus Theatre - Providence RI
Mon Mar 23 - The Outer Space - Hamden CT
Tue Mar 24 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
Wed Mar 25 - BSP Kingston - Kingston, NY
Fri Mar 27 - Andy Warhol Museum - Pittsburgh, PA
Sun Mar 29 - Big Ears Festival - Knoxville, TN
Images and video via Urban Outfitters, Perfume Genius