Mike Hadreas is back as Perfume Genius and it is always a pleasure to see the evolution of this artist that we have been following since his lo-fi debut “Learning” back in 2010. Since his third album “Too Bright” which was released in 2014, the artist from Seattle started to leave his bedroom to take some new ways, exploring maximal pop drama while keeping his original intimacy and vulnerability. “Slip Away” goes a bit further than “Queen” in that direction. As Hadreas confessed in a great interview with The Fader:
Perfume Genius‘ “Slip Away” is a love song, but not as you might first visualize it. In the crazy video, which was directed by Björk‘s talented collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang, the artist revisits the myth of Adam and Eve. Playing with gender identities, the couple is actually a BFF type of friendship – best friends forever – and they are fooling about on a place that is both a divine garden and a theater stage.
In between acting and reality, the two friends (the fag and the hag) are endlessly eating the prohibited fruit before trying to escape two frightening school fellas (not snakes) that actually look like Trump (yes, they are that ridicule, orange and mean). On an explosive soundtrack, the two victims protect each other and manage to run away. At the end, they finally watch the enemies and the garden burning. A beautiful and frenzied video, that is also full of a necessary symbolism. In those tough political times, it is important to emphasize that LGBTQ kids that are bullied and unprotected at school are particularly vulnerable and can commit suicides.
Perfume Genius‘ “Slip Away” is the first single taken from “No Shape”, which will hit the store on May 5 via Matador Records.