Another nice fresh release from the busy Karen Gwyer, this time a three-track 12” on Nous. The music on Bouloman mirrors the attributes of the pleasingly disorienting op-art sleeve: striking and compelling, acidic synth stabs pushing you one way while the analogue rhythm machines pull you another.
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- Bouloman by Karen Gwyer
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 24 July 2015
Traversing the outer boundaries of techno once again is our fave Karen Gwyer and her cluster of technological massage. The machine grooves on Bouloman are set to drift and hypnotise you with her now-perfected contrast between the thump-squelch of acidic drum lines and deeply moving synth washes, which vary in subtlety from a hint (‘Keisa Kizzy Kinte’) to an engulf (the whole of side B).
Ever since seeing her tear up the Golden Cabinet, I’ve been drawn to the natural rise and fall of intensity in her tracks. My housemate almost cried during the last couple in her set, but he’s got a synth fetish so that’s gonna happen. The B side of this perfectly encompasses that - the shift between the banging and the beautiful, that point when the slowly oozing melancholy layers form the vapor trails to the drum’s engine.
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