Katie Gately - Loom
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Fav Tracks: Ritual;
LZGray
80
oh FUCK I should not have listened to this at 3AM
DareG
88
From the haunting atmospherics, ethereal voice, and ability to evoke moods this is an amazingly engaging album.

Standouts: the whole album, but especially Ritual, Allay, Waltz, Tower, and Flow

Dropouts; Bracer
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.
NTTR
57
Genre: Art Pop
Origin: US

Final Verdict: 57% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly ranking: 105th / 188

Highlight: Flow

Made me think of:
Braids
Cindy Lee
mbart2
65
A very dramatic record but never really reaches the emotional heights I was expecting. Loom is a very apt title for the record as there is a ubiquitous feeling of oppression throughout the record as tension is gradually built, becoming a heavier weight on the listeners shoulder before breaking out. Having said that, the album’s key characteristic is its stark emptiness, and the cover a good representation of this sound. But it is hardly emotionally devastating. It sounds more like ... read more
kyotobynight
80
A really strong and ethereal Art Pop record. I love records that sound like this and have these mysterious covers, it reminds me of old dreams I had
JCoelho88
79
Unsettling work! It keeps you on edge and interested throughout the whole thing.

Reminds me a lot of one of my favorite albums from last year, Holly Herndon's Proto.
EiDouVarg
71
With an appropriate title, 'Loom' is as grim and nocturnal as your typical neoclassical darkwave album. Unfortunately, the songs on this record don't create anything greater than the sum of their parts.
Valeyard
75
Mysterious. Takes you to a different place. The production on this album is incredible
JayCrackers
83
This album is 41 minutes of pure atmosphere which had me on the edge of my seat for every second which does just loom over you. It actually feels like I am in the album cover and something dark is watching me, looming over me and i have to just praise this album for achieving that feeling. Definitely not something to listen to in the dark at 2am.

Track Review

Ritual 8/10
Allay 8.5/10
Waltz 8.5/10
Bracer 8.5/10
Rite 8/10
Tower 8.5/10
Flow 8.5/10
Rest 8/10

Average: 8.3/10
their_nickname
80
What an interesting listen. The album is certainly off-putting, as its inspiration is her mother's illness that should come as no surprise. It's haunting electronica is heavily uncompromising, shifting from haunting drone to eastern block vamp like on the song Waltz. The sonics at time clamber and creak like the hinges and floorboards of some long deserted house the local children speak about in hushed tones. You can almost imagine this being recorded in said house. Her voice can range from ... read more
holsgr
70
( ☆☆☆½ ) — g r e a t
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
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
pizzagrande
76
big sounds very epic
Hendrix1967
90
Album molto interessante creato con suoni elettronici e registrazioni di suoni modificati al computer ottenendo musica altamente emotiva. La verità è che non so perchè il mio voto non è 100, forse perchè l'artista è riuscita a scaturire in me quel senso drammatico che lei stessa ha voluto mettere nel disco a causa della morte di sua madre. Ottimo lavoro, ottima ricerca!!!! Una scoperta per me davvero coinvolgente.
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
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
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