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Song of the Day: "Waltz" by Katie Gately

By Ventipop @ventipop

Following remix work for Björk and Zola Jesus and productions for serpentwithfeet, American experimental musician and producer Katie Gately moves to Houndstooth for her forthcoming album 'Loom', dedicated to her mother, who passed away in 2018.

Where her debut album Color (Tri Angle, 2016) deployed fractured rhythms, fierce licks, bold samples and her signature paintbox pop hooks, 'Loom' reveals more crepuscular textures. Her voice is more forward in the mix, densely layered in choral laments above a coarse foundation of hard and brittle sound design.

At the time of her mother's diagnosis, Katie was near completion of an entirely different album, but quickly realized she didn't have the bandwidth to finish that record. She returned from LA to her family home in Brooklyn and started again, completely rebuilding the album around the track 'Bracer', which was her mother's favorite. She made it while she couldn't sleep, and the result is a record she says is powered more by heart than mind, with sucker-punch richness and keening vocals that are more unflinching than on previous recordings.

Previous to Loom and Color, Katie released 12"s and a cassette on a number of notable underground labels - Public Information and Blue Tapes, as well as the critically acclaimed FatCat Split Series. She is currently living in LA and teaching at CalArts.

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