Mike Hadreas, who performs as tender pop act Perfume Genius, is premiering on The FADER today a stunning, and stripped-down rework of No Shape closing track, "Alan." Released in collaboration with W Hotels, the track and all of its streaming proceeds will go toward Immigration Equality, a nonprofit organization supporting LGBTQ immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S.
In the rework, Hadreas reassuringly sings over sparse orchestral strings, "Rest easy, I'm here." The song was originally written for his partner of nine years, Alan Wyffels, and is one of comfort, endless love, and care. It does the same thing here, but magnified; becoming a heart-baring anthem for safety and refuge.
“Immigration Equality is doing important work providing free legal services for LGBTQ and HIV-positive individuals that are seeking asylum in the U.S.," Hadreas writes via email. "It’s a hugely important cause to me, especially now. Like many generations before us, we still have many challenges facing us here in America, but also around the world. In over 80 countries being LGBTQ is still criminalized. It is vital that we as a nation and as a global community continue to fiercely support those that keep us moving forward. Everyone deserves a chance to be safe and free. It is a human right.”
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