Seattle musician Perfume Genius has shared a cover of Gloria Gaynor’s iconic 1978 disco hit ‘I Will Survive’. He revealed that the brilliant rework, which he described as “deathbed-y”, was recorded at home for a “commercial pitch”.
Shared through his newsletter, Hadreas wrote: “I suppose the cover is a little deathbed-y, I was very serious that day, but I like how it turned out. In particular, the last moment…I might stretch that into something new.”
This is not the first cover Perfume Genius has released this year. He shared the brilliantly refined IMMEDIATELY Remixes back in March. Afterwards, he covered Richard Youngs track ‘A Fullness of Light in Your Soul’ alongside the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in June. He has also announced he will be touring the United States in the fall of this year.
The tour will kick off at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur on June 25th before he heads out on a string of dates in September and October. He will visit western cities such as Salt Lake City, Tuscon and Phoenix. That is not all, though. The tour features a couple of dates supporting two of our favourite bands.
This includes a show at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington, alongside Australia’s psychedelic heroes, Tame Impala, on September 10th. Following this, on September 13th, Perfume Genius will grace the iconic stage at Red Rocks in Colorado in support of Death Cab for Cutie.
Perfume Genius’ last studio album, Set My Heart on Fire Immediately, dropped in May 2020. Critically acclaimed upon release, it is an arty exploration of the queer themes inherent to Perfume Genius’ work whilst also throwing back to the ’80s and classic rock. Majorly inspired by his work with choreographer Kate Wallich on the 2019 dance piece entitled ‘The Sun Still Burns Here’, Hadreas also cited Townes Van Zandt, Enya and Cocteau Twins as key influences.
Listen to the cover of ‘I Will Survive’, below.