Song of the Day, January 27: Jonathan by Christine and the Queens with Perfume Genius

cqpgjonathanToday’s song is a harmonious delight on every level. Héloïse Letissier is a French musician who performs under the name Christine and the Queens, blending music, theatre, dance, and a bit of drag. Her eclectic blend carries over to her first album, which shows off her writing and singing with the help of a number of talented guests.

One of these is Mike Hadreas, better known as singer/songwriter Perfume Genius. Both acts specialize in songs about identity, family, desire, and determination, often told through a queer lens. Fortunately, their voice blend as wonderfully as their musical styles. Hadreas’ fragile, clear vocals blend nicely with Letissier’s gritty alto.

On Jonathan, from Christine and the Queens, they weave musical magic. It’s an elliptical relationship story, one of Perfume Genius’ specialties, blending hope, apology, and ache. By singing half in English and half in French, the duo emphasize the distance between the characters, while their voices emphasize the closeness.

Enjoy this delightful partnership 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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