I own about 15 pieces of vinyl. I know – that’s a VERY NON-KCRW way to be. But I’m a digital girl, living in a digital world.
However, one of those few records is a Perfume Genius record. It was an impulse buy at Amoeba b/c I’m a Sufjan Stevens fan. I consider him a top 10 artist of all time and just about any record that lists his name as an influence will get a moment from me.
The record lands on my aesthetics first Crosley record player a lot of early evenings when I’m hanging out alone, perhaps preparing myself a solo dinner, or decompressing from a frenetic work day. It has a calm and thoughtful energy, it’s borderline wrist cutter depressing ,if you let sad music move you like that. Its a hit or miss for me, sometimes I put it on and I just giggle to myself a bit about melo-tragedy, but when it hits….. it hits hard and perfectly. I love to revel in a sad sack collection of music. It helps me think.
The new album is a recent exploration for me. It has a lo-fi quality that may makes you feel almost as if this guy is a best friend. Hear the piano pedals, chair creaks and incidental brushes with the strings in the recording, and it’s as if you’ve been sent a cassette demo from a dear friend that just needed to express something especially for you.
It’s deep y’all.
I don’t even know that I can do it justice.
Wonder what it would be like to see this beautiful music come to life in person? You and a friend could know, and in probably in the best location possible — the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, a beautiful spot for such a lovely experience. It’s next Tuesday, October 23.
Prize: Tickets for you and a friend to see Perfume Genius at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Leave a comment, let’s talk Sad Music? What’s your favorite song to listen to when you are feeling blue?
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