Perfume Genius, the project of singer-songwriter Mark Hadreas, has always sung about his relationship with his own body. It’s only fitting, then, that he released an official cover of Mary Margaret O’Hara’s ‘Body’s in Trouble’, which was recorded in New York City as part of Spotify’s Singles series.
In a press statement, Hadreas explained why he chose to cover the song: “I started covering this song on tour almost immediately after hearing it for the first time.I was so struck by her command and presence even though she weaves in and out of being present. Her vocal is somehow on the rhythm and completely around it, lyrics and chords are repeated throughout but there is no real center. There are brief moments where the music fully connects in a traditional way but after a few listens the most satisfying part is the song’s magic formlessness. I wouldn’t dare try to mimic or recapture her performance, but I tried to sing in the same wandering, mantra-like way — but taking it somewhere a little more sinister. I’ve lost count of how many times I use the word “body” in my songs.” He concludes: “My relationship with my own body is confusing and I use music to try and puzzle it out, or as rebellion against needing a form at all.”
The track is available to stream now, alongside a live version of ‘Slip Away’, the single from his recently released and critically acclaimed album ‘No Shape’.
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