*SOLD OUT* Perfume Genius, Jenny Hval

25
/ Mar
Wednesday
2015

*SOLD OUT* Perfume Genius, Jenny Hval

Venue
Front Room
Time
08:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Price
$15.00 adv // $18.00 door

Output Agency Ltd. presents

Perfume Genius
w/ special guest, Jenny Hval

18+ || 8PM DOORS
8:45PM – Jenny Hval
10:00PM – Perfume Genius

**This Show is SOLD OUT, we do not expect to have any tickets available at the door**

 

PERFUME GENIUS

Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutalised, yet ultimately, slowly but surely reclaimed.

“Too Bright”, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a brave, bold, unpredictably quixotic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since ten and has just begun to bubble up.” This sharp U-turn came early in the writing process, when a creatively frustrated and uninspired Hadreas decided not to write what he thought people might want to hear – or as he describes it, “mid tempo Adele songs, carefully plotting each chord and lyric like math” – but focus instead on writing what came naturally, 100% visceral and unfiltered, no matter what the potential reception might be. “I looked to PJ Harvey”, he recalls. “How powerful and raw she can be, and thought, “what is my version of that?”‘

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JENNY HVAL

Jenny Hval has in recent years made a name for herself as an artist, musician and writer both in Norway and abroad. When her third record Viscera was released in 2011, WIRE magazine described the record as: “a stunning achievement both conceptually and musically.”

Multidisciplinary and transgressive are words often employed to describe her art, but Jenny Hval’s polyphonic artistry is in fact seamlessly interwoven between musical, literary, visual and performative modes of expression. Despite her young age, she has already infused, carved and modulated an artistic voice that is altogether present, accessible and obscurely complex at the same time.