Katie Gately - Loom
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #303 / 847
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Based on 160 ratings
2020 Ratings: #331
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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
74

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

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

Porza9
80

Me gustó mucho, hay algunas canciones que sí las sentí un poco aburridas pero en su mayoría me encantaron (en especial la de diez minutos, y la segunda mitad del disco). No tiene muchas canciones, no hay nada de relleno y no creo que nada sobre. El apoyo es mayoritariamente en lo instrumental, cosa que les sale re bien y, por supuesto, tiene un sonido re épico que me dejó encantado jajaaj

KevinPopSlut69
84

A very interesting selection of songs which sound very unique and genuinely her.

Ritual 82/100
Allay 84/100
Waltz 100/100
Bracer 93/100
Rite 63/100
Tower 86/100
Flow 89/100
Rest 74/100

Average: 83.875 = 84/100.

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Added on: January 6, 2020