The Spiral is Frederikke Hoffmeier’ss third solo LP for Posh Isolation under her Puce Mary moniker, and follows where last year’s critically acclaimed Persona left off.
Working more precisely than ever, The Spiral binds the listener in a tight web of sharp synthesizers, hammering percussion, obscured vocals, field recordings, and blistering noise. Puce Mary manages to at once honour the history of industrial music and noise, as well as transform it. The Spiral is harsh, but the aggression of the compositions never feels unnecessarily overstated. It is an album that is easy to get dragged into but brutally hard to get out of, disclosing the underhand of control as censurable nurture.
The Spiral goes through an extreme spectre of emotions, trying to be everything, feel everything, at once. The vestige of safety in dominance and submission is antagonised as audience and artist take turns being dealt blows. The Spiral charts this instability as a perennial tonic in sound.
Photo courtesy of Michael Schmelling
STREAM: Puce Mary – “Night Is A Trap II”: