Wearing a black jumpsuit and red nails, Perfume Genius put a spell on the wall to wall crowd at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The set was filled with melodic and poetic songs as usual, interspersed with a few bolder, up tempo tunes. Mike Hadreas’ music is clear and uncrowded, letting his vocal talent take the spotlight. He moved through the songs quickly, without much chit chat in between. Hadreas assured us it wasn’t because he didn’t like to; just that he didn’t feel like it. I think the crowd agreed. His songs tell enough of a biography that extra words between selections felt unnecessary.
Perfume Genius’ latest album, Too Bright, debuted at the end of September, breaking the mold for Hadreas with more power and brazen songs than his previous work. He started the set off on Tuesday with “My Body” and weaved through old favorites and new, each welcomed with claps and cheers. Hadreas shifted between sitting behind the keyboard and dancing, closing out the set with “Queen,” then coming back to the stage with a few more and ending the night with the unreleased “Katie.”
All in all the performance was one of those much needed “melt into the stage and forget everything else in the world” kind of shows to break up the drain of the week. I was absolutely captivated. While he held the mic or sat behind the keyboard, the audience hushed to almost complete silence. Only murmurs from the back bar jostled the mood. It felt like Hadreas put his entire being into the performance – filling the room like a complete pro.