Perfume Genius – All Waters

March 1, 2012

Pain destroys any perspectival abilities we may possess. Imagine the moment in which you stub your toe; upon contact, your world shrinks, for your entire existence orbits around the pain. Sure, it’s a sensation that we would retrospectively recognize as trivial, but in the moment, it’s everything and nothing else matters. Every Perfume Genius track demonstrates how pain changes perspective, how it functions as an all-enveloping force that colors our experience completely. “All Waters” feels utterly important, weighty and epic, not just because it slowly builds and builds without every resolving, but because it evokes the feeling of blind urgency that only pain brings. Perfume Genius’ second album, Put Your Back N 2 It, came out last week.

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