OFFSTAGE: Perfume Genius
It’s rare to be given the opportunity to call an artist “genuine”. Not because a majority of musicians these days are lost in a sea of fabrication and trying to cultivate another style, but because there are a few that can portray a naked sense of emotion. Indie pop songwriter Mike Hardreas, otherwise known as PERFUME GENIUS, has that innate ability. Even during his set-up for his recent performance at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, the genius behind the breakout LP titled Put Your Back In 2 It displayed a glimpse of the attribute, which rung out throughout his entire actual set, propelling a slightly foreign yet gentle fusion of pop, blues and pure soul. This is his offstage portrait.