Perfume Genius Live Review
Union Chapel, London 06/09/12
While it may have been his biggest headlining show so far, the setting and rapt attention given by the audience ensured that Mike Hadreas’ Union Chapel date was as intimate as if he were performing just for you.
Wearing a black dress and heels, Hadreas' confidence onstage appears to have grown since his first shows on these shores, yet thankfully his voice has lost none of the delicate quaver that gives the heartfelt material a sense of total sincerity.
Opening with a medley of AWOL Marine and Perry, Hadreas and two man band captivated the audience from the start and held them close for the length of the short but perfectly formed set - which drew largely from debut album Learning and this year's Put Your Back N 2 It, along with gorgeous covers of Neil Young's Helpless and Madonna's Oh Father.
The strength of Hadreas' music often lies in his combination of beautifully lilting melodies and lyrics that convey a harsher, bleaker world, but which taken together manage to impart a sense of fragile optimism.
Highlights included Lookout, Lookout, Normal Song and a gorgeous version of Learning, which saw Hadreas joined at the keyboard by his boyfriend and bandmate Alan Wyffels.
The music of Perfume Genius manages to convey a universal resonance while still feeling defiantly personal and specific, and we're very lucky to have him.
Perfume Genius Union Chapel setlist
AWOL Marine / Perry
Take Me Home