As ever with Puce Mary, The Spiral is an intense listening journey into the soul of the artist, expressed through hammering industrial rhythms, cold synth-scapes and pained vocals. Not to mention the scouring curtains of noise. This brutal listen is Puce Mary’s third LP for the Posh Isolation label, cornerstone of her Danish homeland’s scene.
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Puce Mary has been accused of diluting the original formula of noise/ industrial music with “weedy synth”. I can see the point, although I don’t see it as strictly following the same lineage. I just see it as something different. Had the groundwork not been layed, someone surely would have eventually arrived at this music, weedy synth or not. And where are the rules in the handbook that say you can’t juxtapose the harsh with the ethereal? It seems a logical progression to me because that other stuff has already been done to death anyway.
As with previous Puce Mary albums ‘The Spiral’ is an intensely personal, introspective work of bleak, suffocating, claustrophobic noise-scapes, disembodied vocals, manipulated field recordings, creeping paranoia, ruptured noise, yadda yadda yadda. Various parts recalling old Wolf Eyes, Prurient and that lot. It doesn’t exactly tear me a new arse hole but I’ll happily soak it all in.
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