The haunting cover features as part of Amazon’s PROUD playlist, which also showcases tracks by Orville Peck, Kim Petras, Erasure, Tayla Parx, The Aces, and more in celebration of Pride Month throughout the month of June.
Speaking of the reason behind choosing the iconic ’90s classic to cover, Hadreas said:
“I chose ‘Fade Into You’ because I carried it with me for a long time and I always looked to it for the warmth and the very heavy vibe that it always brings.” He continued, “It felt almost uncoverable but I wondered what I could do to make it sharper and maybe a little more desperate but still maintain the sort of beauty of it and the quietness of it.”
Perfume Genius recently dropped his new album, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately via Matador Records and features contributions from musicians Jim Keltner, Pino Palladino, Matt Chamberlin and Rob Moose.
Of releasing the album, Hadreas said it felt “strange” to drop new music during the coronavirus pandemic, but “it feels good to have something out.”
“It feels good to feel the outside world a little more,” he said. “And have the music be connecting to people and knowing people are listening.”
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Perfume Genius’ tribute to Mazzy Star comes nearly four months after David Roback, the co-founder of the group alongside Hope Sandoval, died at the age of 61, with no cause of death being given at the time.
‘Fade Into You’ served as Mazzy Star’s biggest hit, reaching number 44 in the US charts and quickly pushing their second album So Tonight That I Might See to platinum status.
Amazon Music subscribers can listen to Perfume Genius’ cover of ‘Fade Into You’ here.