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Loke Rahbek & Puce Mary — The Female Form

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Loke Rahbek (known for his work with Lust for Youth, Vår, Croatian Amor, and Damien Dubrovnik, among others) and Frederikke Hoffmeier, aka Puce Mary, an impressive figure in her own right who has built a reputation in the power electronics scene with three full-lengths, collaborative releases with Sewer Election, and a number of international tours, have reunited for their second collaborative album, The Female Form.

It was released in April via Posh Isolation, the Copenhagen shop and label (which Rahbek co-runs with Christian Stadsgaard) best known as the flag-bearer for the Danish scene which brought us groups like Iceage and Lower. The Female Form is the second part of a planned trilogy, picking up where they left off with 2011’s The Closed Room. It was recorded in the duo’s shared studio space at the Mayhem complex in Copenhagen, as well as the historic EMS facilities in Stockholm.

The record shows marked improvement since their last collaboration, but still has the sense of picking up essentially where that record left off in terms of concepts and aesthetic. Both records deal with with the deeply personal and provocative subjects of intimacy and the sometimes thorny relations between the sexes. They both also mine drone, industrial, and electro-acoustic influences to weave their demanding, unsettling tableau of intimate yet disembodied vocals and abrasive electronic noise.

While far too corrosive sounding to inspire much in the way of a romantic feeling, this collaboration’s meditations on the nature of human interactions (especially interactions between men and women) are intriguing, emotionally resonant, and more than a little harrowing. Give it a spin. Just maybe not while you’re trying to seal the deal with that hottie you brought home.

The Female Form is available now via Posh Isolation.

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