Listen to Perfume Genius' Powerful New Single, "Queen"

by Elizabeth Thompson

It's been a gloomy, rainy, generally crappy-weather day here in New York City today, but at least we've got Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas)' new single, "Queen," as our little ray of sunshine. The sprawling track is from Hadreas' upcoming album Too Bright, a follow up to 2012's Put Your Back N 2 It (which produced many amazing music videos), which is due out September 22nd. "No family is safe when I sashay," Hadreas sings, noting in a press release for Too Bright that "Queen" is about "gay panic" and the fear he senses his sexuality instills in people on the street. If this statement from Hadreas doesn't go down as one of the best artist press materials quotes of 2014, then we don't know what: "Sometimes I see faces of blank fear when I walk by...if these fucking people want to give me some power -- if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles -- well, here she comes."

Shout out to Paper beautiful person Luke Gilford, who photographed Hadreas for his album cover and promotional photos.

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