It’s already been hailed as the “gay anthem of the year.” And it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart. Now, “Queen,” the first single from Perfume Genius’ upcoming album Too Bright, has a moody, surreal video to back up the hype.
Perfume Genius—the recording name of Seattle-based pop artist Mike Handreas—describes the song as a defiant response to “gay panic.”
In a press release, Handreas wrote: “Sometimes I see faces of blank fear when I walk by. If these fucking people want to give me some power—if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles—well, here she comes.”
The single’s standout lyric—”No family is safe when I sashay”—is likely a dig at YouTube, which in 2012 pulled a sixteen-second ad for Handreas’ album Put Your Back N 2 It. The video featured a partially-clothed Handreas embracing male porn star Arpad Miklos. YouTube deemed the content “not family safe.”
Too Bright, Perfume Genius’ third album, is out on Matador Records September 22. More info and tour dates here.