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Perfume Genius

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Perfume Genius

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SOLEMN GAY LULLABIES

With a title like Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador), you'd think the new Perfume Genius album would be all booty bass. But 28-year-old Mike Hadreas's second record comprises intimate mumble-pop as only a seen-it-all gay kid could do. We chatted with him about using misery as a muse and making a video with a porn star.

JORDAN SHAVAREBI

"AWOL Marine" came to you after watching amateur military porn.

I tried to put soul into a situation that I thought was soulless. But saying that could be kind of disrespectful to the dudes in those videos - maybe they were totally fine afterwards or had a good time and it was rude of me to think, Oh, those poor guys...

What was it like working with porn star Arpad Miklos in your video for "Hood"?

I wanted someone really masculine, because if it's just me and my boyfriend, you know, we're kind of boyish, and they'll just think it's cute or emo. …

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