Episode 105: Perfume Genius

“Slip Away”

This week, I want to revisit one of my favorite episodes of Song Exploder, with Perfume Genius telling the story of making “Slip Away.” This episode originally came out in May 2017. The album the song’s from, No Shape, went on to be nominated for a Grammy, and was named one of the year’s best in lots of places. And next week, on March 16, Perfume Genius will be playing at the Song Exploder Stage at SXSW. I’m really excited to be putting on a showcase at the festival, and the other artists playing will be Kimbra, Sarah Kinsley, Fly Anakin, and Jenny Owen Youngs.

Mike Hadreas has been making music under the name Perfume Genius since 2008. In May 2017, he put out his fourth album, No Shape, to widespread critical acclaim. In this episode, Mike breaks down the song “Slip Away.” I also spoke with producer Blake Mills, who also plays on the track, and recording engineer Shawn Everett about the unusual way the song was recorded.

You can buy or stream “Slip Away” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

For a transcript of this episode, click here.

The guitar-shaped mbira (photo courtesy Blake Mills):

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