A weekly look at must-hear music from The Times’ pop staff. This week’s picks include the exquisite, adventurous pop of Perfume Genius, the fiery Americana of Pokey LaFarge and more.
Perfume Genius, “No Shape” (Matador).
On his breathtaking fourth studio album, “No Shape,” Mike Hadreas, who performs as Perfume Genius, conveys such a wide breadth of emotion that it’s hard to know whether to shower him with rose petals, fetch him a cocktail or load him onto a gurney.
An expertly crafted experimental pop album that at various points suggests the work of singer Kate Bush, the effects-drenched work of the Cocteau Twins and British art-rock band Talk Talk —...