Boomkat Product Review:
With a fine split 12” alongside Beatrice Dillon already under her wing for ’16, Karen Gwyer makes her fully fledged solo debut on DBA with the disco techno biophysics of Prophase Metaphase.
Far as we can tell, the title Prophase Metaphase is a reference to the stage of mitosis, or the process in which a cell nucleus divides into separate, identical sets of chromosomes, which makes a good analogy for the process at work in these three tracks.
Prophase Metaphase Anaphase Telophase feels we’re like witnessing a urgent lab experiment in action, moving from murky beginnings to bifurcate between searching top line modulations and nervy, undulating bass arpeggios selectively punctuated by slicing snares, with the real magick of the transformation occurring in the sweeping harmonic mid-section.
A radiophonic vignette, And Again Those Eyes opens the B-side, before the process of Meiosis Gametes takes place, emulating the frictional funk of sexual reproduction with fluidly sticky, grinding and bittersweet techno results.