Karen Gwyer explores the Prophase Metaphase Anaphase Telophase stage

The London-based US artist returns with a new record for Don’t Be Afraid. 

Earlier this year saw Don’t Be Afraid join a storied cast of underground concerns – including Nous, Opal Tapes, Patten’s Kaleidoscope and No Pain In Pop – to dabble in the stomping dark arts that Karen Gwyer is renowned for, seeking out the Ann Arbor-born artist for a contribution to their irregular split 12″ series. Sidling up alongside Bosconi associate Dukwa, the unknown Raven Cru and previous DBA contributor Lily, Gwyer’s wonderfully-named “Mom Did It On The Plane” arrived just ahead of her excellent split 12″ with Beatrice Dillon on Alien Jams.

Forever a label to develop ongoing relationships with the artists they work with, Don’t Be Afraid have now coaxed a full 12″ of material out of Gwyer in the shape of the upcoming Prophase Metaphase Anaphase Telophase. Due to arrive in early September, the three-track 12″ looks to find a balance between the improvised tear-outs of Gwyer’s live shows and the more psychedelic tones of her previous studio concoctions. You can stream the stomping, kinetic beat down of B-side closer “Meiosis Gametes” below for an idea of what to expect.

Don’t Be Afraid will release Prophase Metaphase Anaphase Telophase by Karen Gwyer on September 2.

Tracklisting:

A1. Prophase Metaphase Anaphase Telophase
B1. And Again Those Eyes
B2. Meiosis Gametes

Header photo courtesy of Camille Blake

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