This track is a staple in Perfume Genius’ live shows, but until now we had no recorded version. Today, Mike Hadreas let loose “Rusty Chains,” a track unaffiliated with any album. It’s a perfect distillation of the beauty and pain he’s able to create music out of; an affecting piano-driven ode about a dead lover. He describes the song as:
“A song for a man whose lover has died. He remembers a time, before his partner took sick, where everything felt safe and endless. He asks to be taken next, so they can be together again.”
It’s intense, and perilously easy to get caught up in.
Perfume Genius – “Rusty Chains”