Late-Night TV Music (Taste Test Edition) | July 21, 2020

Perfume Genius and Elle King face off in a late-night style war. Guess who wins?

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Good taste is one of those things you either have or don’t. We got to see both options on Tuesday’s late-night musical segments. In this corner: Singer-songwriter Michael Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius. Dressed like a preppy catalogue model, he stylishly led his band through the shuffling retro-pop of On the Floor, then took a seat to croon the ethereal Jason — all tastefully filmed in a gorgeous, empty hall — on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In that corner: Elle King, whose home-made video for her latest bluesy number The Let Go — which aired on Late Night With Seth Meyers — was apparently shot by a blind child holding a video camera for the first time. Zoom out! Pan up! Hold still! Or better still, watch any video ever made and just do that. I think we have a winner. And I think you know who it is.