Famed for his haunting vocals and sad-boy beats, Perfume Genius is the master of melancholy. For his upcoming fourth album, No Shape, a 13-track masterpiece, he unites a multitude of genres including R&B, artpop and queer soul, and obviously we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Of the album, the artist muses: “I pay my rent. I’m approaching health. 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.”
Giving us a taste of what to expect from the album, Perfume Genius has also offered up the first single from the LP “Slip Away” and its accompanying video. Directed by Björk collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang, the visuals are a picturesque painting come to life, an otherwordly depiction of the relationship between two sisters – one of which is embodied by Perfume Genius, of course!
We can’t wait to fill our ears with No Shape, out 5 May.