Perfume Genius

Melalbums of 2014 (in no particular order)

Stephen Malkmus and the JicksWig Out at Jagbags


Sun Kil Moon Benji

St. VincentSt. Vincent

Wild Beasts Present Tense

BeckMorning Phase

Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPiñata


Cloud NothingsHere and Nowhere Else

Have a Nice LifeThe Unnatural World

A Silver Mt. ZionFuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything

The War on DrugsLost in the Dream

The Pains of Being Pure at HeartDays of Abandon

BraidNo Coast

The New PornographersBrill Bruisers

tUnE-yArDsNikki Nack

Against Me!Transgender Dysphoria Blues

SwansTo Be Kind

Sharon Van EttenAre We There

First Aid KitStay Gold

J. MascisTied to a Star

Thurston Moore The Best Day


Mimicking BirdsEons

Open Mike EagleDark Comedy

Busdriver Perfect Hair

milo a toothpaste suburb

Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty

FKA Twigs LP1

Aphex Twin Syro

Princess NokiaMetallic Butterfly

Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste

Iceage Plowing Into the Field of Love

Perfume GeniusToo Bright

Mick JenkinsThe Water[s]

Caribou Our Love

Flying Lotus You’re Dead!

Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2

D’Angelo and the VanguardBlack Messiah

Melalbums: Top 50 Albums of 2012

50. Why?Mumps, etc.

49. Cat Power Sun

48. Twin ShadowConfess

47. P. O. SWe Don’t Even Live Here

46. Sharon van EttenTramp

45. Port St. WillowHoliday

44. PinbackInformation Retrieved

43. Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky

42. MiloMilo Takes Baths

41. Torche Harmonicraft

40. Mount EerieClear Moon

39. Andrew BirdBreak It Yourself

38. Fang IslandMajor

37. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

36. Purity Ring Shrines

35. Mac DeMarco – 2

34. Liars – WIXIW

33. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind

32. Sun Kil MoonAmong The Leaves

31. Beach HouseBloom

30. Open Mike Eagle 4NML HSPTL

29. BurialKindred EP

28. Kendrick Lamar –  good kid, m.A.A.d city

27. WaxahatcheeAmerican Weekend

26. The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth

25. Aesop RockSkelethon

24. Shearwater Animal Joy

23. Grizzly Bear Shields

22. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes

21. LazerbeakLava Bangers

20. Lone Galaxy Garden

19. Wild NothingNocturne


17. The EvensThe Odds

16.  Death GripsThe Money Store

15. The Tallest Man On EarthThere’s No Leaving Now

14. Frank Oceanchannel ORANGE

13. Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light

12. Tame ImpalaLonerism

11. Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It

10. Dark Time SunshineANX

9. Alt-JAn Awesome Wave

8. Matthew DearBeams

7. Jens Lekman I Know What Love Isn’t

6. DeerhoofBreakup Song

5. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do

4. Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory

3. Anaïs MitchellYoung Man in America

2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ’Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

1. SwansThe Seer

Honorable mentions: Joie De VivreWe’re All Better Than This, GrimesVisions, Joyce Manor – Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, A Place to Bury Strangers – Worship, Screaming FemalesUgly, SerengetiC.A.R., The Sea and Cake Runner, StarsThe North, MoonfaceHeartbreaking Bravery

***For some reason or another, I found these albums to be enjoyable but inconsistent in some way. They each had some incredible songs, but as a whole they didn’t resonate with me as strongly as the 50 albums I chose above.

What are YOUR favorite albums of 2012? I’m sure I missed out on a ton of albums, so please let me know any ones you think are worth checking out that didn’t make it onto my list.

Melalbums of 2012 list (in no particular order)

Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Swans – The Seer

Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do

Perfume Genius- Put Your Back N 2 It

Anaïs Mitchell – Young Man in America

Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t


Dark Time Sunshine – ANX

Mount Eerie – Clear Moon

Open Mike Eagle – 4NML HSPTL

Burial – Kindred EP

Why? – Mumps, Etc.

Cat Power – Sun

Deerhoof – Breakup Song

Waxahatchee – American Weekend

Milo – Milo Takes Baths

Lazerbeak – Lava Bangers

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Sun Kil Moon – Among the Leaves

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Grizzly Bear – Shields

Lone – Galaxy Garden

Death Grips – The Money Store

Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE

Beach House – Bloom

Aesop Rock – Skelethon

The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth

Wild Nothing  – Nocturne

Screaming Females – Ugly

Fang Island – Major

The Men – Open Your Heart

Liars – WIXIW

Matthew Dear – Beams

Joie De Vivre – We’re All Better Than This

Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky

Pinback – Information Retrieved

Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

Torche – Harmonicraft

Shearwater – Animal Joy

Mission of Burma – Unsound

Port St. Willow – Holiday

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

P.O.S – We Don’t Even Live Here

…to be continued…

Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It


There are two pivotal aspects of music I look for when I first hear an album. First of all, I look for any musical complexities that make me get lost in the chord progressions and layered sounds. I also look for lyrics I can relate to or storytelling within the lyrics that takes me to a different place completely. Either way, I’m constantly seeking something abstract that takes my mind on a new journey.

When I first heard the new Perfume Genius album, Put Your Back N 2 It, I did not hear any musical complexities, nor was I totally sold on the song lyrics. However, I was immediately captivated by Mike Hadreas’ heartfelt vocals and overall passion through each and every track. Make sure you have a box of tissues close by because this album is poignant and somber to the max. His beautiful falsetto makes his lyrics truly come alive and he often sounds like he is holding back tears. Don’t get me wrong, his song lyrics are far from boring and though they aren’t intricate necessarily, they are so brutally honest and his voice delivers them in such a sincere tone. I almost felt like I was surreptitiously reading through his diary at some parts; it’s devastating how open and honest Mike presents himself throughout this new release. Songs like“Normal Song” and “Hood” have common chord progressions, but his powerful vocals make tracks like these all the more touching.“Hood” illustrates the struggle of revealing one’s true identity when in a romantic relationship and how it’s even harder when you think the other person wouldn’t love you if only they knew who you really are.

As for an overarching theme in Put Your Back N 2 It, Mike Hadreas deals with problems of drugs, abuse, and even suicide. “17” was the first standout track for me and he has said in interviews that it is written in reference to a gay suicide letter. Musically, these songs are backed by a piano or guitar and the simplicity of it all is appealing to me because it makes the vocals stand out tremendously.

Even though it is incredibly hard for me to pick a favorite track, “All Waters” is the one that sends the most shivers down my spine. All in all, Put Your Back N 2 It is a magnificent work of art because of the way that it so effortlessly captures the pain of human emotions. I would say it is a major improvement from Mike Hadreas’ debut album, Learning. The production is better, the album as whole seems more consistent. It isn’t as lo-fi as the last release; you can hear his voice clearly this time. The only complaint I have is that the songs are so short (the album is only 32 minutes long), but perhaps that is the magic of this release. It leaves you wanting more every time.