Musician Mike Hadreas (a.k.a. Perfume Genius) will release the new album "Ugly Season", the succsesor of "Set My Heart On Fire Immediately", on June 17 via Matador.
Coinciding with the album release, the artist enlisted the visual artist Jacolby Satterwhite (visual colaborator on Solange's "When I Get Home", know for imersive technich that fuses video, 3D animation, drawing and printing) to create an accompanying short film for the title-song.
"This project is the genesis of a whole new direction that I’m taking, one that I’ve been thinking about within this endemic culture, since 2020. Mike and I are both writing scripts. My visual narrative serendipitously mirrors the lyrical direction in his music; it’s a rare, like-minded bond. It’s a creation myth. How do you architecturally mold and render an idealized version of utopia? It’s about making something that you desire so beyond your scope that it’s hard to grapple into a concrete form", said Satterwhite.
The album comprises songs Perfume Genius wrote for his immersive dance piece with the choreographer Kate Wallich, "The Sun Still Burns Here", which played in several American cities in 2019. Two songs from the piece, “Eye in the Wall” and “Pop Song,” were released that year and will feature on Ugly Season.
Blake Mills produced the album, and Hadreas’ longtime partner Alan Wyffels also contributed.