Perfume Genius' Cover of "Body's In Trouble" Will Speak to Your Soul
Plus, see 'No Shape''s "Otherside" featured on 'So You Think You Can Dance.'
It's a fun day to be a Perfume Genius fan. Earlier today, Michael Hadreas shared two live tracks via the Spotify Singles series – a new version of "Slip Away" from No Shape, released earlier this year, and a gentle but deliberate cover of Mary Margaret O'Hara's "Body's In Trouble," which he also often performs on tour. Touched with the sort of magic that only Perfume Genius can produce, his "Body's In Trouble" is by turns troubled, soulful, and sad, and honestly, you'll feel it in your bones.
In a statement accompanying the release, Hadreas said:
There are brief moments where the music fully connects in a traditional way, but after a few listens, the most satisfying part is the song's magic formlessness. I wouldn't dare try to mimic or recapture her performance, but I tried to sing in the same wandering, mantra-like way, but taking it somewhere a little more sinister. My relationship with my own body is confusing and I use music to try and puzzle it out, or as rebellion against needing a form at all.
Elsewhere (the treats don't stop!), fans may have been taken by surprise to see the No Shapetrack "Otherwise" popping up on Monday's episode of So You Think You Can Dance. Considering that Hadreas' own relationship to movement has produced such breathtaking visuals in the past, and his habit of making music that seems to connect with the body in such a profound way, the contemporary routine performed to the song feels particularly special to watch. Enjoy it below, and take a moment to be grateful that you exist in the time of Perfume Genius.
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