Puce Mary
The Spiral


3.5
great

Review

by Tristan Jones EMERITUS
March 26th, 2016 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Boiling frogs

Frederikke Hoffmeier (aka Puce Mary) creates industrial-ambient soundscapes that succeed by virtue of passion and turmoil, in addition to being musically detailed. Many similar artists strive for intricate balances of power electronics, ambience, and glitch, but Hoffmeier also adds a believable emotional component that is as stirring as it is evasive. With The Spiral, this evasiveness is made frustrating - and often compelling - due to relatively short run times, as several songs beg for more moderate development. Puce Mary delivers a relatively accessible, immediate work, slightly compromising her long-form compositional strength in favour of something more erratic. In a way, it smartly creates something with more replay value; some of her prior epics, like “Iron Tulip” (from 2011’s The Closed Room) showcased a more gradual unfolding. The Spiral opens and closes like smouldering origami - often delicate and complex, beautiful and revealing, yet damaged and destined to crumble.

Opener/title track “The Spiral” has a rumbling, swelling texture, with auxiliary noises blending both natural and supernatural components of nighttime; it bears the peacefulness of an empty, darkened street as well as bizarre, otherworldly disturbances. It ties into themes of doubt, and draws a fine line between psychological extremes. With Puce Mary, there is rarely any grey area. Follow-up “Night Is A Trap II” offsets this scale, toppling into an affirming chaos with vocals envisioning inevitable torment and doom, and an explosively post-apocalyptic finish. The Spiral tends to be painstakingly developed in one frame, and implode in the next, as though Hoffmeier is playing a weird game of psycho-cosmic Jenga. Other times, it seems to reside in limbo, as her spoken-word passages tend to hold her music in unwavering focus amidst the incessant distractions. “Enter Into Them” has a sort of fragmented compulsion, dipping in and out of the vocal narrative as though Hoffmeier is incanting in a war zone. On the flip side, “The Actor” speaks more forcefully, yet with garbled, indecipherable vocals lashing out in cruelly ironic fashion - the louder Puce Mary’s protests go, the more effort required to unravel them.

If The Spiral is like an emotional purge, then its winding down is fitting. Much of the album sees Hoffmeier spilling her guts, and the final two songs, “No Memory” and “Slow Agony of a Dying Orgasm”, see her fiddling with this now-empty space in her stomach. “No Memory” has this eerie, masochistic invitation, kinda like Hitchcock’s The Birds mixed with Haneke's The Piano Teacher. Distracted scribbles and paper shuffles soon lead to perverseness, with contorted string noises, ominous bass, and abnormal lust. It really isn’t until the closer that we see Puce Mary in full form, as she demonstrates her penchant for tortured patience. “Slow Agony of a Dying Orgasm” builds with nuance and catastrophe; both swirling ambience and scattered rhythms; the mechanical imposition of air-raid sirens and helicopter pulses. It’s a confirmation of everything the opening track might’ve feared, as paranoia of the spooky unknown leads to real-life dread of the physical. It sums up The Spiral, which, in its darkest moments, plays upon the concept of misdirected anxiety. You spend so much time irrationally fearing the watery abyss for its intangible traits, you’d never know it was boiling you alive.




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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 26th 2016


6710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

buy: http://poshisolation.net/collections/frontpage/products/puce-mary-the-spiral-lp

stream: https://soundcloud.com/poshisolation/sets/puce-mary-the-spiral-lp

Ryus
March 26th 2016


17683 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn boi you've been cranking out the reviews



and it's usually quality music so props

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 26th 2016


6710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah I tend to round up a bit for stuff I review

Asdfp277
March 26th 2016


20646 Comments


boiled frogs

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 26th 2016


6710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea 🐸💦🐸💦

Lord(e)Po)))ts
March 26th 2016


43287 Comments


yeah I tend to round up a bit for stuff I review


how objective!

u fucking phony!

neg, neg i say!

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 26th 2016


6710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

brb, adjusting my Compendium Dub score to a more ~objective 2/5

Lord(e)Po)))ts
March 26th 2016


43287 Comments


/raped

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2016


4480 Comments


this looks like something I will not enjoy but the review is good friend

RadicalEd
March 28th 2016


9546 Comments


"brb, adjusting my Compendium Dub score to a more ~objective 2/5"

omg you savage.

Linked song was 0% my cup of tea, so I'll give this a pass. Good read as usual though.

Sniff
March 28th 2016


5590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Looking forward to disagree with you on this one although I enjoy your reviews. I'll get back with a rating that differs from yours after listening.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 28th 2016


6710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no idea what your stance is on this sorta music in general but I'll continue liking you incrementally less and less (⑅ ॣ•͈o•͈ ॣ)





TheWrenKing
March 28th 2016


1696 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds like 100% my cuppa

Graveyard
March 28th 2016


6366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review as always, Johnny



Night Is a Trap II and No Memory are my personal favorites from this, although all of them are great.

ShitsofRain
March 28th 2016


8144 Comments


i just cant keep up with you tss

Digging: D.E.A. - Screwed for Life

Cygnatti
March 28th 2016


32824 Comments


featured song is a hit :]

ShitsofRain
March 29th 2016


8144 Comments


everything that posh isolation releases is pretty lit

Sniff
March 29th 2016


5590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Isn't that a little harsh Johnny? I was only making a joke.



This album is pretty good overall but also The Temptation to Exist is beyond pretty good.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 29th 2016


6710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought my cutesy emoticon suggested that i was also joking ◔_◔



and stfu sach, posh is a solid label

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 29th 2016


6710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

suuuuuure, sure



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