8/10 Laurie Staff review, 12 July 2017
This enigmatic artist name can be decoded as the union of Puce Mary and one Jesse Sanes of the hardcore band Hoax, making some frail abrasions combining industrial noise, grayscale electronics and a healthy dollop of pulsing experimentalism.
Apparently, it’s “deeply personal music” that lets you read their collective mind, well, isn’t all music pretty personal? Isn’t every listen a jump into someone’s intimate feelings? Anyway nitpicking aside, this is an unsettling journey to say the least. Buzzes, yawns, degraded voices and finger-tapped percussion snippets combine into a ghostly but harsh sound world in which a bleak sun fails to break through the clouds. You can see from the darkness of these descriptions what this music is doing to me. Apocalyptic as fk.
It sorta reminds me of Pharmakon if she was making a stripped-back record, which would still leave it in pretty tense territory. Indeed, she did the intro to one of Hoax’s records so it figures. It probably IS her speaking words near the end of side A. There’s a lot of amplified breathing that happens, and trudging through sticks and watery landscapes, until it all gets too pastoral for JH1.FS3 and they hit a trundling grinding synth note. For fans of anything on Sacred Bones or Posh Isolation.
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