Perfume Genius Comes Out of the Dark


Aidin Vaziri | Though Mike Hadreas, the Seattle singer-songwriter who performs under the name Perfume Genius, often appears to be aging in reverse in his pictures, he feels like there’s room for improvement. “Sometimes they forget to Photoshop me and I take umbrage,” he says. “There are apps — move that slider up!” Hadreas, 32, says he worked closely with the art department at his label Matador to perfect the cover art for his third and latest album, “Too Bright,” on which he appears with his hair and skin aglow: “I wanted them to make me look plastic,” he says. “I wanted to look fake.”

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