Katie Gately - Loom
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #171 / 491
User Score
Based on 148 ratings
2020 Ratings: #205
Liked by 7 people
February 14, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Houndstooth / Label
Art Pop, Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

A stunning achievement, with Loom Gately beautifully honors her mother as well as her commitment to uncompromising music.

80
musicOMH

Loom is an intense record, full of feelings of loss, confusion and angst. It’s also an early contender for best electronic album of the year.

80
Loud and Quiet

It’s a scattered archive of loss in a shattered life, full of memories misplaced or mislabeled, threaded together in an attempt at patchwork remembrance.

80
Exclaim!

A swirling mix of eerie atmosphere, devastating emotion and brilliant sonic abstraction. It is Gately's best work yet.

79
Paste

The collection sounds like a deep dive into the ominous shuffling of Color’s outlier titular track, an ideal musical direction given the subject matter.

77
Pitchfork

On her second album, the L.A. musician grapples with the death of her mother, placing her playfully experimental approach to sampling and sound design in the service of a more meaningful vision.

70
The Sydney Morning Herald

She is firmly in her own mesmerising world, informed by a sonic sensibility unlike pretty much anyone else.

60
The Guardian

It is a stupendously big and loud record.

MasterCrackfox
84
As the title suggests, something truly seems to be looming over you as you experience this collage of glitchy and harrowing sounds. Katie Gately crafts a centerpiece of suffering across Loom, as the echoed and whispered vocals wash over you along with the intense and gloomy sonic background. Tracks like Allay will haunt with their massive sound while tracks like Waltz will have a similar effect while shifting the pace to (you guessed it) a 3/4 time signature. Regardless of pace, the theme of ... read more
Doublez
79
Terrifying, Loom is one of this week's must-have releases, as it delivers immeasurable emotion. In addition to being a musically marvellous work of pop art (reminiscent of the Magdalene I was so fond of last year), with stratospheric orchestration combined with particularly meticulous electronic music, Katie Gately's indomitable voice stages her own life, expressing her painful feelings and especially this cruel situation of the tragic loss of her mother.

Both the construction of the album ... read more
snowman
40
Atmosphere building is a real strength of "Loom"; a record that seems to envelop and entrance the listener. Katie Gately recently lost her mother and this album is dedicated to her. So you would imagine this to be a very emotional listen. However, I found the sounds to be sterile to an extent. The production was inconsistent and some of the mixing was downright lazy. The songwriting is almost too cryptic for its own good but it can also be endearing at times. I think Gately needs to ... read more
Benjo94569
86
"This record is for her"

During her mother's battle with cancer, experimental musician Katie Gately writes another enigmatic release, yet putting more emphasis on frantic and nocturnal textures than her previous album with glitchy and infectious songs, "Color". Before her mother's diagnosis, Katie had almost completed a totally distinguishable album, but later on, decided to start fresh on a totally different album. The album was to be centred around the track ... read more
LZGray
70
oh FUCK I should not have listened to this at 3AM
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Track List

  1. Ritual
  2. Allay
  3. Waltz
  4. Bracer
  5. Rite
  6. Tower
  7. Flow
  8. Rest
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Added on: January 6, 2020