Boomkat Product Review:
Karen Gwyer returns to No Pain In Pop for an expansive and hypnotic follow-up to 'Needs Continuum' and her Opal Tape, 'Kiki The Wormhole'.
On 'New Roof' she's all but abandoned any discernible traces of her vocals in favour of sky-scraping synth harmonics and deft drum programming in two extended, wide-open pieces which sandwich a shorter wormhole of woozy organ chords. They're incredible pieces of work, drawing firm connections with classic krautrock and cinematic new age meditations tempered by a crisply modernist sense of economy and space.
We're most impressed by the 16 minutes of roiling, steppin' drum programming and pensile, minor key synth harmonics in 'Lay Claim to My Grub', coming off like some early Autechre jam smoothed out to a gauzy dream sequence, and equally 'Missisissipippi' recalls vintage Probe and Plastikman releases but conducted with the black art control of the best Chasing Voices 12"s and the cinematic vision of John Carpenter or more restrained Steve Moore. We're quite sure you'll be just as impressed.