There are many parallels between Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas and the eccentric alt. pop star Rufus Wainwright. Both are singer songwriters possessing exquisite voices, well-honed songwriting chops, and a penchant for making music that often appears deeply, painfully, personal.
While Wainwright has clearly been steeping in more classical pop traditions, Hadreas has absorbed more from relatively recent movements in alternative/indie rock culture. “All Waters” – which can be found on the recently released Put Your Back N 2 It – exemplifies this more modern tack with its minimalist arrangement and liberal use of synth. The song consists of a single rising chord progression that repeats as Hadreas’s tone-rich voice gradually builds to a falsetto-colored climax.
As the title suggests “All Waters” uses elemental imagery to construct a hopeful, heartfelt vision of the future where love is accepted in all its genuine forms. The vision is palpable despite appearing, for the moment at least, an unattainable reality.