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I’m so tired today I misread the press release of this. It says she “makes slow-burning and sexy ‘bath house’” and I read that as bath noises... Making slow-burning and sexy bath noises is a world apart from bath house! Either way she’s in the bath and cleanliness is next to godliness and you gotta love a clean person.No Pain In Pop release Karen’s debut a ...

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Needs Continuum by Karen Gwyer
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9/10 Phil Staff review, 21 February 2013

I’m so tired today I misread the press release of this. It says she “makes slow-burning and sexy ‘bath house’” and I read that as bath noises... Making slow-burning and sexy bath noises is a world apart from bath house! Either way she’s in the bath and cleanliness is next to godliness and you gotta love a clean person.

No Pain In Pop release Karen’s debut album which she recorded just before she gave birth and became all mum-ish. The opener is a steady as she goes paced number with a cyclical house-ish beat, some nice synths, many claps and some haunted distorted vocals in the background. At first it didn’t do much for me but on second listen it’s making more sense. It’s rhythmically rather hypnotic (as is much of the album with big nods to early Detroit house and Arthur Russell!).

There’s loadsa cool synth sounds on here amidst the grooves which add some fine melodies to the proceedings. Track five is brilliant and it’s essentially all the ingredients mentioned above with some gentle acid vibes. She’s from the same town as Laurel Halo which is apparently a selling point. I’m from the same town as Jimmy Savile but you don’t see me boasting about that now, do you? Anyway I can see this appealing to fans of Halo purely as the female way of dealing with classic electronic sounds and styles is always a breath of fresh air. That’s exactly what this album is. Lovely stuff.




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