AN OLD SOUL: Mike Hadreas’ (aka Seattle’s Perfume Genius) debut LP, “Learning”, is dark album full of disquieting lyricism, vocals aching in a home-recorded low-fi hiss, and minor-key piano melodies resonating with heartbreak. “I spent my whole life hiding from the things that happened to me, to my family and friends. The entirety of all these experiences: abuse, addiction, suicide, all that cool stuff, I couldn’t bear to look at it,” said Hadreas. The songs are all fairly short, each little creative gem seemingly melting into the other. The titles are short too: “Mr. Peterson”, “Gay Angels”, “You Won’t B Here”, “When” and “Perry”. Listen to title track below courtesy of Hadreas and Matador Records. — David D. Robbins Jr.