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Katie Gately

Loom

Houndstooth

Released: 14th February 2020

LP - Indies-only yellow vinyl£18.99 Buy Now In Stock. Dispatched tomorrow.


Following remix work for Björk and Zola Jesus, productions for serpentwithfeet, and her debut album on Tri-Angle, American experimental musician and producer Katie Gately moves to Houndstooth for her sophomore album Loom, dedicated to her mother, who passed away in 2018. “My mother’s voice is in this record, her picture’s in the sleeve notes. This record is for her” says Katie.

To solidify the enormity of a loss like this, Gately has added the seismic rumble and aural grit of real earthquake recordings in her productions – alongside her signature adventurous sound design and earwormy melodies – to signify how grief like this is like the shifting of the earth. “I felt like my world was being shaken,” says Katie. “I was losing the person who created me, and it seemed an appropriate time to sample earthquakes.”

As well as earthquake sounds, Loom includes more samples,
chosen for their associative power, peacocks screaming, pill bottles
shaking, a coffin closing, wolves howling, a shovel digging, a paper
shredder, stone grinding and heavily processed audio from her
parent’s wedding.
Where her debut album Color, (2016) deployed fractured rhythms,
fierce licks, bold samples and her signature paintbox pop hooks,
Loom reveals crepuscular textures. Her voice is more forward in the
mix, often densely layered in choral laments above a coarse
foundation of hard and brittle sound design, the latter of which is
rooted in her film school training.
In the summer of 2019 Katie was part of the Mary Anne Hobbs
curated ‘Queens of the Underground’ Festival in Manchester
alongside Houndstooth musician Aisha Devi.