Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

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Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Set My Heart on Fire Immediately (Perfume Genius).png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 15, 2020 (2020-05-15)
StudioSound City (Van Nuys, California)
Genre
Length50:42
LabelMatador
ProducerBlake Mills
Perfume Genius chronology
No Shape
(2017)
Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
(2020)
Singles from Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
  1. "Describe"
    Released: 25 February 2020
  2. "On the Floor"
    Released: 16 March 2020

Set My Heart on Fire Immediately is the fifth studio album by American musician Perfume Genius, released May 15, 2020 through Matador Records as the follow up to 2017's No Shape. The album received critical acclaim upon release, with some critics calling it Hadreas' best work to date, praising its exploration of queer themes and homages to 80s pop and classic rock music.[1][2][3]

Set My Heart on Fire Immediately is an art rock and pop album that features elements of baroque pop, art pop, synthpop, funk, alt-pop, shoegaze, ambient, psychedelic, R&B, acoustic pop, disco, swamp rock, chamber, doo-wop, industrial, and heartland rock.[3][4][5][6][7][2][8]

Background[edit]

In an interview with Jia Tolentino, Mike Hadreas described the album as influenced by his work with choreographer Kate Wallich on a 2019 dance piece titled "The Sun Still Burns Here".[9] Hadreas composed numerous songs for the performance, with two singles, "Eye in the Wall" and "Pop Song" resulting, though neither was included on Set My Heart on Fire Immediately. Of the experience, Hadreas explained that the themes of embodiment in his prior music were complicated as dance felt "rebellious against [his] body." He explained that dancing "blew up this separation between [his] work and the world," resulting in changes to his songwriting, with songs now telling stories grounded in real-life settings and about real people. He cited Townes Van Zandt, Enya, and Cocteau Twins as influences on the new album.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.8/10[11]
Metacritic91/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[13]
The Daily Telegraph[14]
The Guardian[15]
The Independent[16]
Mojo[17]
NME[1]
Pitchfork9.0/10[18]
Q[19]
Rolling Stone[8]
The Times[20]

Set My Heart on Fire Immediately received rave reviews. At review aggregator Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received a weighted average score of 91 out of 100, based on 21 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim" and making it Perfume Genius' highest rated album on the website.[12]

Accolades[edit]

Accolades for Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
BBC The Best Albums and Songs of 2020 N/A [21]
Billboard Billboard's 50 Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-Year N/A
Consequence of Sound The 50 Best Albums of 2020
4
[23]
Entertainment Weekly The best albums of 2020… so far N/A
The 15 Best Albums of 2020
13
Gaffa 2020's 20 Best Foreign Albums
16
Gigwise The Gigwise 51 Best Albums of 2020
2
[27]
The Line of Best Fit The Best Albums of 2020 Ranked
7
NPR The 50 Best Albums of 2020
35
Paste Paste's 25 Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-Year
5
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2020
5
Slant The Best Albums of 2020 (So Far) N/A
Spin Spin's 30 Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-Year N/A
Stereogum Stereogum's 50 Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-Year
3
The 50 Best Albums of 2020
15
Time Best Albums of 2020
6
Under the Radar Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2020
7
Uproxx The Best Albums Of 2020 So Far
17
Variety Variety's Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-Year N/A

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Mike Hadreas, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Whole Life"3:53
2."Describe"4:44
3."Without You"2:35
4."Jason"3:05
5."Leave"3:05
6."On the Floor" (Hadreas, Alan Wyffels)5:03
7."Your Body Changes Everything"4:13
8."Moonbend" (Hadreas, Blake Mills)5:21
9."Just a Touch"3:28
10."Nothing at All"4:27
11."One More Try"3:01
12."Some Dream"4:18
13."Borrowed Light"3:22
Total length:50:42

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

  • Mike Hadreas – vocals (all tracks), synthesizers (1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13), Wurlitzer (4)
  • Blake Mills – guitar (1–3, 7–9, 11, 12), bass (1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11), synthesizers (1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 13), drums (1), glockenspiel (1), synth guitar (6, 11), harmony vocals (6, 10, 11), organ (8, 10), piano (11, 12), synth drums (12), harmonium (13)
  • Matt Chamberlain – additional drums (1), drums (4, 6, 7, 10, 12)
  • Rob Moose – violin (1, 3–5, 9, 13), viola (1, 3–5, 9, 13)
  • Alan Wyffels – piano (1, 12), organ (3, 9), harpsichord (4), synthesizers (5, 8, 12), harmony vocals (7), flute (8), Wurlitzer (12), Rhodes (13)
  • Jim Keltner – drums (2, 3, 9, 11)
  • Pino Palladino – bass (2, 6, 7)
  • Gabriel Cabezas – cello (3, 4, 9, 13)
  • Sam Gendel – synthesizers (4), saxophone (7, 8, 12), synth drums (7), drum machine (7, 10)
  • Phoebe Bridgers – harmony vocals (6)
  • Ethan Gruska – harmony vocals (6), vocals (6), percussion (6)

Engineers

  • Blake Mills – production
  • Joseph Lorge – engineering
  • Greg Koller – engineering, mixing
  • Patricia Sullivan – mastering
  • Ian Sefchick – mastering

Artwork

  • Camille Vivier – photographs
  • Andrew J. S. – art direction

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[40] 21
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[41] 39
Scottish Albums (OCC)[42] 19
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[43] 7
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[44] 34
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[45] 24
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[46] 18
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[47] 45
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard)[48] 21

Remix album[edit]

IMMEDIATELY Remixes
Immediately Remixes.jpg
Remix album by
ReleasedMarch 12, 2021
Length53:04
LabelMatador
Producer
Perfume Genius chronology
Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
(2020)
IMMEDIATELY Remixes
(2021)
Singles from IMMEDIATELY Remixes
  1. "On the Floor (Initial Talk Remix)"
    Released: April 29, 2020
  2. "Without You (Jim-E Stack)"
    Released: December 3, 2020
  3. "Your Body Changes Everything (Boy Harsher Remix)"
    Released: January 14, 2021
  4. "Describe (A. G. Cook Remix)"
    Released: March 3, 2021

A remix album, titled IMMEDIATELY Remixes, was announced on 14 January 2021.[49] It was initially announced for release on 19 February 2021,[50] however it was delayed until 12 March 2021.[citation needed] It received a limited vinyl release for Record Store Day 2021.

It was preceded by the singles, "On the Floor (Initial Talk Remix)", "Without You (Jim-E Stack Remix)", "Your Body Changes Everything (Boy Harsher Remix)", and "Describe (A. G. Cook Remix)", released 29 April 2020,[51] 3 December 2020,[52] 14 January 2021,[49] and 3 March 2021,[53] respectively.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Whole Life" (Jaakko Eino Kalevi Remix)3:41
2."Describe" (A. G. Cook Remix)4:23
3."Without You" (Jim-E Stack Remix)3:22
4."Jason" (Planningtorock 'Jason there's no rush' Remix)3:36
5."Leave" (Jenny Hval Remix)3:37
6."On the Floor" (Initial Talk Remix)3:37
7."Your Body Changes Everything" (Boy Harsher Remix)5:06
8."Moonbend" (Nídia Remix)4:42
9."Just a Touch" (Danny L Harle Harlecore Remix)3:41
10."Nothing at All" (Westerman Remix)4:27
11."One More Try" (Actress Remix)5:58
12."Some Dream" (Koreless Remix)3:28
13."Borrowed Light" (Katie Dey Remix)3:26
Total length:53:04

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