Karen Gwyer - New Roof

New Roof

Karen Gwyer

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
12" Vinyl EP 3 tracks 7.99 Out of stock.
Download EP (mp3) 3 tracks 2.37
Download individual tracks   From £0.79


Karen Gwyer - New Roof

Super limited handstamped black vinyl in disco sleeve

Karen Gwyer is a London, UK producer raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Debut album 'Needs Continuum' was released in Feb 2013 through No Pain In Pop. It's a deeply personal homage to classic house and deconstructed psychedelia built on organic cyclical rhythms and tempered synth washes. Dazed and Confused called it "impressively unusual and poignant.. a uniquely dark, brooding and slow-burning masterpiece", FACT Magazine "an intimate and beautiful record", and it was released to acclaim following the birth of her son.

Whereas “Needs Continuum” was a largely intimate record, “New Roof” lead tracks ‘Lay Claim To My Grub’ and ‘Missisissipippi’ are monolithic pieces; more mechanistic and weighty compositions than Gwyer’s previous work. Both vocalless 15 min+ tracks are built from a tough analogue-techno template, with Gwyer’s distinctive impressionistic synthstrokes sitting above the pulsing rhythms. ‘Nail Bars Of The Apocalypse’ is the ambient break between the two, a coo-ing necessity of an interlude. Much like Gwyer herself, it’s borne from a place within listening distance of Detroit, the Midwest noise scene, and NYC’s avant-house heyday.

The “New Roof EP” release comes following a summer ’13 white label remix EP through No Pain In Pop - “Cowboys (For Karen)”, credited to NYC visual artist and producer Torn Hawk (L.I.E.S Records) - and a winter ’13 cassette EP of original productions on UK experimental label Opal Tapes. Karen will play shows across Europe through January and February as part of the Opal Tapes 2014 tour.

A1 - Lay Claim To My Grub
A2 - Nail Bars Of The Apocalypse
B1 - Missisissipippi


30/1 - LONDON* - Cafe Oto
31/1 - BRISTOL* - Arnolfini
4/2 - PARIS** - Instants Chavirés
5/2 - AMSTERDAM** - OT301
6/2 - GENT** - Kunstencentrum Vooruit

All Opal Tapes Tour dates
* With Basic House + Dwellings&Druss
** With Basic House + 1991 + Lumisokea


12" Vinyl EP (NPIP041LP)
  1. Karen Gwyer - Lay Claim to My Grub
  2. Karen Gwyer - Nail Bars of the Apocalypse
  3. Karen Gwyer - Missisissipippi
Download EP (NPIP041D)
  1. Karen Gwyer - Lay Claim to My Grub
  2. Karen Gwyer - Nail Bars of the Apocalypse
  3. Karen Gwyer - Missisissipippi

mp3 downloads


Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Lay Claim to My Grub N/A N/A
2 Nail Bars of the Apocalypse £0.79
3 Missisissipippi N/A N/A
Entire MP3 Download EP (3 tracks) £2.37
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

Unfortunately at this time we can't offer all the Karen Gwyer - New Roof tracks as individual mp3s, as some of these tracks exceed the shops maximum (9mins) download length.

These longer mp3 tracks are available in the full album download.