Katie Gately - Loom
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #258 / 754
User Score
Based on 148 ratings
2020 Ratings: #232
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
wanderingstar
85
An oppressive, dark and creepy album that gave me shivers. Released earlier this year, it's not quite at the level I would consider a contender for AOTY. However, it's quite an impressive listen. I especially like the way Katie uses ghost-Katies as a spectral choir to enhance the creepy atmosphere. There's also a definite pulling from her personal experiences present here. Gately lost her mother, and it bleeds through into this album's soul; mournful, almost. Sonically it's very creative, using ... read more
LZGray
70
oh FUCK I should not have listened to this at 3AM
kapsberger
72
Very personal work. Gately expertly builds electronic texture and vocal experimentation. Every track can evokes a different atmosphere, in a dramatic way.

Charismatic.
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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