Perfume Genius has paid tribute to the great Leonard Cohen with a special cover version of the Canadian’s classic track ‘Bird on a Wire’ as part of KCRW’s radio program Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Perfume Genius, the artist born Mike Hadreas, played a three-track set in promotion of his most recent album Set My Heart On Fire Immediately. Sitting alongside his Cohen cover, the musician ran through renditions of his songs ‘On the Floor’ and ‘Jason’ which both appeared on the aforementioned record.
“This most recent album feels like a harmony, like I conjured all the things I’ve learned and these new sonic places I can go — but still kept the way I wrote in the beginning, when the words were the most important ingredient. Feels like harmony now, for a while it felt like either/or,” Perfume Genius said in the interview.
When discussing where he finds inspiration for writing, the musician added: “I like being able to be outside casually. Eat outside, wander about… those are all things that had a different flavour in Seattle or just weren’t an option sometimes. I like the desert, I like anything that is nothing like space.”
Stream Perfume Genius’ entire set below but, if you want to hear the Cohen cover specifically, move to the 8:47 mark.