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Perfume Genius Ready To 'Go A Little Nuts' In Hamden

Perfume Genius Ready To 'Go A Little Nuts' In Hamden

The line between pop and avant-garde music can be breached by as little — or as much — as a change in tempo, a jagged chord change, an inscrutable lyric or a sudden, exaggerated sonic effect. All of that and more show up on "Too Bright," the third album by Perfume Genius, the working name of Washington-based singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas. "Too Bright" is a record with contrasts: pianos set apart from synthesizers, saturated vocal effects giving way to clarity, grooves that appear and disappear. The contradictions are often lyrical ones: "Angel just above the grid," he sings on "I Decline," the opening track, over a simple piano...

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