Release Date: Oct 19, 2018
Record label: Pan
The freedom with which Frederikke Hoffmeier creates her harsh, chaotic textures as Puce Mary is, paradoxically, a product of control. "This I think is truly experimental," she said a few years ago. "Having a controlled set of variables and a system that is able to bear reproducible results." A devotion to discipline helps make The Drought, the Danish artist's first record for PAN, one of her best.
Frederikke Hoffmeier's fourth album as Puce Mary concerns itself with the aesthetics of hunger and thirst, and the inevitable outcome of coping with an apocalyptic drought. Torbjørn Rødland's wonderfully rendered album art provides us with such a vivid representation depicting the many forms of hunger and libidinal drives caused by such malnourishment. From such an expressive image, The Drought sees the continuing transformation of Puce Mary and her music, from monochrome blasts of industrial noise, to dense, intricate vistas of dread.