The nom de musique of Seattles Mike Hadreas, Perfume Genius began when he moved from New York to his mothers home in Everett, WA. In these relatively isolated conditions, Hadreas felt a compulsion to make music and began composing fragile yet brutally honest songs on the piano. By 2008 he had set up a MySpace page and began offering his music there, along with similarly spare and evocative homemade music videos.
His work caught the attention of Los Campesinos!, who championed Perfume Genius and helped him get a deal with their label, Turnstile, which released the single Mr. Peterson -- the tale of a suicidal, pedophile high-school teacher -- in 2009.
Perfume Genius' full-length debut, Learning, which presented its tracks in the order in which they were recorded, arrived in mid-2010.