We just listed it as a song for what’s left of your summer, and now Perfume Genius’s powerful “Queen” has a pretty stunning video out to up its overall ante (and it certainly does).
The song, which Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) has said is inspired by “gay panic” and “the power one can derive from knowing their mere being is making everyone around them extremely uncomfortable” got the video treatment via director SSION (who has directed clips for Peaches, Santigold & The Gossip in the past). It stars Hadreas himself alongside an actress as what Hadreas described as “a kind of alternative universe Forrest Gump and Jenny, except with fluid genders and ever shifting identities” in a press release for the video. If only!
The press release also included the epic following statement:
I’ve seen faces of blank terror when I walk by. Sometimes from seemingly strong, macho dudes—somehow my presence confuses and ultimately scares them. There is a strange power to it that I’ve only recently begun to understand and embrace. After many years trying to sort out exactly what they are scared of, most of the time converting the result into personal shame, there are now moments of monstrous pride.
Take what you’d like from that as you enjoy the video below.