Song of the Day, December 24: Take Me Home by Perfume Genius

PerfumeGeniusBackN2ItToday’s song is Take Me Home. Singer, writer, and musician Mark Hadreas created the alter ego Perfume Genius for his first recording, the spare but stirring Learning. His second outing is a much more complex affair, demonstrating a huge leap forward in musical styles and vocal confidence. One of the standout tracks, Take Me Home is a song of romantic obsession. Hadreas uses his experiences as an out gay man to give rich layers to the deceptively simple narrative, adding elements of rebellion and fear that create a uniquely compelling track.

His vocals are far richer than before as well. While he maintains a quiet, almost hushed approach to much of the song, he occasionally soars into a vocal range that recalls Bobby Vinton. That juxtaposition adds a naïve nostalgia that heightens the tension brilliantly. The accompanying video brings an even clearer outcast / outlaw dynamic to the mix, demonstrating the diverse talents that Hadreas brings to his craft.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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