Katie Gately

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Comes from a background as a sound editor for films, a role she apparently performs while walking on a treadmill at 1mph. tends towards absurdly dense & intricate vocal arrangements, sometimes goofy&grandiose, especially on the blue tapes release, which got a bit of love on ilm last year.

there are mb mereological implications/limitations re: ~songwriting~ when the tracks get longer like that, changing direction every 20 seconds & you lose sight of the big picture, but it sounds absolutely enormous & there's been some neater, more concise stuff too. Far came out a couple of months ago & it's a big haunted forest coo-a-long not all that far from AnCo that hits some v heady harmonies in the second half.

Stands out among the many ppl digitally processing vox in 2014, anyone else paying attention?

ogmor, Monday, 21 July 2014 01:34 (four years ago) Permalink

Pipes was possibly my favourite single piece of music to come out last year; I'm very interested in her recent produce and while it's late will be sure to check it out tomorrow.

i'm elf-ein lusophonic (imago), Monday, 21 July 2014 01:36 (four years ago) Permalink

I also thought it held together beautifully as a narrative, obviously while passing through many different iterations - prog as fuck, in other words, but with a sound-design architecture that quite eludes notions of virtuoso ensemble musicality you'd expect of the form. In this sense, it cleaves to artists like Autechre, while less obviously stolid. The sense of impish fun hewn through what might seem at an unfocused distance brutalistic and unforgiving is the great joy of this music; it gives more the longer you allow it the benefit of any doubt.

i'm elf-ein lusophonic (imago), Monday, 21 July 2014 01:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Have now heard Far and it is heavenly (such playful lurches!), thank you.

i'm elf-ein lusophonic (imago), Monday, 21 July 2014 01:48 (four years ago) Permalink

obv I have less prog sympathies but yes, if you embrace the dizzy glee it is Quite A Ride. the self-titled ep is comparatively dour & sparse but gives the sharp left turns more definition & obv still sounds great. not sure if she's done any live performance but I bet she could really rock some surround sound

ogmor, Monday, 21 July 2014 01:56 (four years ago) Permalink

Howl might be my favourite. Not at all seasonal but the way it all comes together is special, those soft wolf howls the cherry on the cake

ogmor, Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:12 (four years ago) Permalink

I don't see any information about Far on her webpage, aside from the one track on her Soundcloud?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:40 (four years ago) Permalink

that's the track, was on this http://fetpress.bandcamp.com/album/prayer-katie-gately-split

ogmor, Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:43 (four years ago) Permalink

Ah, I thought you meant that there was a new album out. I like the track!

I love the s/t EP. I haven't bought Pipes yet but the Soundcloud stream is so good that I might overcome my cassette hatred.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:52 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah the odds and ends on her soundcloud are amazing. if you've got a tape deck then I would question the seriousness of your cassette hatred

ogmor, Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:58 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

http://thequietus.com/articles/16432-katie-gately-interview

emil.y, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 12:44 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised I'm not on this thread already, seeing as I was the one repping for Pipes all last year. Huh.

emil.y, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 12:45 (four years ago) Permalink

oh good stuff

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:09 (four years ago) Permalink

Just to add to the praise... Pipes was also my favourite track of last year fwiw.

Doran, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:18 (four years ago) Permalink

Pipes is amazing. A monolith. I secretly believed it would be a one off and that she'd never do anything again. I love it, but I rarely make it all the way through.

Shepard Toney Album (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Hate to use the word bonkers to describe anything, but the imaginative leaps on Pipes, the creative energy of it and the way the sound just piles up into these amazing masses, how do you encapsulate that?

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:28 (four years ago) Permalink

I also thought it held together beautifully as a narrative, obviously while passing through many different iterations - prog as fuck, in other words, but with a sound-design architecture that quite eludes notions of virtuoso ensemble musicality you'd expect of the form. In this sense, it cleaves to artists like Autechre, while less obviously stolid. The sense of impish fun hewn through what might seem at an unfocused distance brutalistic and unforgiving is the great joy of this music; it gives more the longer you allow it the benefit of any doubt.

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Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:35 (four years ago) Permalink

;)

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:35 (four years ago) Permalink

xxpost yeah it is bonkers. it just ramps up and ramps up and just when you think it couldn't get any more bonkers, it'll just switch up another eight steps. It's like one of those interactive maps of the universe that let you zoom from as far out as you can go right into a tiny atom.

Shepard Toney Album (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:36 (four years ago) Permalink

i don't really hear an autechre comparison really. the only other artist i can think of is the field in some ways due to the tiny snippet manipulation.

Shepard Toney Album (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:38 (four years ago) Permalink

it just keeps on fucking going doesn't it? in a completely awesome way

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:39 (four years ago) Permalink

btw if u like female solo artists who roll autechre, don't forget 2 hear karen gwyer (props 2 nakhers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jRmgKLeAJ4

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:43 (four years ago) Permalink

to pick up a point from that interview (which i've only skimmed so far tbh), there are so many excellent female musicians in electronic music right now. and as much as i hate to be that guy who is always comparing one female musician with another, i feel like i'm often forced to do this at the moment cos many of them are basically just plain better

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:49 (four years ago) Permalink

imho

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:50 (four years ago) Permalink

(i'm talking gazelle twin, laurel halo, holly herndon etc here, such a great counterblast to that whole weepy electronic guy thing. love karen gwyer btw)

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:54 (four years ago) Permalink

(and imago, go and check out the new gazelle twin)

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:55 (four years ago) Permalink

will do, when home :)

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:58 (four years ago) Permalink

& apols if that came across as a specious comparison, putting female musicians on pedestals or w/e...nakhers showed me gwyer the other week & i've been looking to share her work somewhere, she & gately are doing difft things but both can be fairly compared to various autechrean phases & both are v concerned with sound-sculpture, narratives of disintegration and re-integration etc

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 14:05 (four years ago) Permalink

and now i'm worried that i've reduced this to a conversation about gender, when katie gately is just plain kick-ass

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 14:12 (four years ago) Permalink

Yep, the gender discussion here is much less important than total kick-ass awesomeness, but it is mentioned in the article I posted. I bristled somewhat at the "name ten female experimental artists before 2000" bit, because WTF OF COURSE I CAN, but I realise that the sentence is not intended as an insult to the frontrunners but as an exaggerated way of setting out the true fact that it is hard to be a woman in experimental music.

emil.y, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 14:18 (four years ago) Permalink

lj u need to download some more electronic music so u dont have to compare everything to autechre

the final twilight of all evaluative standpoints (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 15:23 (four years ago) Permalink

christ even while allowing that quietus writers tend to be hobbyist types with their heart in the right place they do say some gauche shit, that 'name 10....'

the final twilight of all evaluative standpoints (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 15:44 (four years ago) Permalink

haven't read the interview quite yet but i don't think it's that much of a challops to say leftfield electronica in the 90s was perceived as a largely male-centric arena. not that you didn't have mira calix, leila arab, andrea parker, bevin blectum and others doing some fantastic stuff of course.
but it feels as though, certainly since 2000 at least, that this is no longer seen as an anomaly or exception - especially now that finally female elec producers (not to mention dance djs) are likely even more abundant in terms of profile than their male counterparts.

Shepard Toney Album (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 15:59 (four years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Her Soundcloud is such a joy for me. "Pivot" is delightful.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 5 November 2014 18:04 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

This is good, I think: https://soundcloud.com/katiegately/sets/bj-rk-family-remix-by-katie

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 11 June 2015 03:58 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

New album yesss

http://www.junodownload.com/plus/2016/08/03/tri-angle-to-release-katie-gately-album/

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 August 2016 14:06 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

It may be more accessible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdVLd521mDk

gesticulating Pez dispenser (Sanpaku), Sunday, 4 September 2016 03:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Holy shit, that's great. I was excited for it already (the Tlaotlon split is one of my favorite records of the past few years) but that is something else entirely.

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Sunday, 4 September 2016 03:35 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

>>> new album out today <<<

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Friday, 14 October 2016 06:32 (two years ago) Permalink

Anyone else hearing a bit of a residents ca. freak show vibe on this? Those synths playing in mystery music mode, some of the voice treatments too

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Friday, 14 October 2016 18:03 (two years ago) Permalink

was actually a bit spooked by it on my twilight walk home through the woods

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Friday, 14 October 2016 18:04 (two years ago) Permalink

Really enjoyable record though, even if its not as way out-there as the earlier stuff

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Friday, 14 October 2016 18:07 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah this was great fun! I'd say it's mostly very good if not as mindblowing as Pipes or Pivot, with the occasionally annoying flourish. I mean, I'm generally in favour of artists trying to be annoying and Gately self-confessedly ramps up the weird jarring sounds thing here, but what I find occasionally annoying isn't this so much as her readings of Pop and What Pop Does. Nonetheless, it's unlike much else, and my quibbles are minor. Really worth hearing.

imago, Friday, 14 October 2016 18:58 (two years ago) Permalink

I mean, in two weeks I'll probably declare this the Best Thing Ever

imago, Friday, 14 October 2016 18:59 (two years ago) Permalink

what I find occasionally annoying isn't this so much as her readings of Pop and What Pop Does.

And so speaketh imago. \o\lol/o/

emil.y, Friday, 14 October 2016 20:28 (two years ago) Permalink

(I haven't had a chance to listen to the album yet, I liked the preview track I heard but do worry it might fall *too* much into accessibility. Residents comparison definitely piques my interest, though.)

emil.y, Friday, 14 October 2016 20:30 (two years ago) Permalink

disclaimer: i probably haven't listened to the residents in ~20 years so that comparison might be total horseshit

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Friday, 14 October 2016 21:12 (two years ago) Permalink

another thing: there's very much a soundtracky quality to the music - not only can you totally imagine strange, phantasmagorical visuals for most of the songs, but on the first few listens i almost felt i was only getting half the story from listening to the music, i wanted to see what was going on. only option is to listen harder i guess

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Friday, 14 October 2016 21:19 (two years ago) Permalink

ha fair enough! anyway yeah i'll give this loads more listens and try to work out what's being synaesthetically presented

imago, Friday, 14 October 2016 21:32 (two years ago) Permalink

in fact this is getting better with every listen

imago, Saturday, 15 October 2016 19:19 (two years ago) Permalink

yes in fact I renounce initial criticisms - this is wonderful

imago, Sunday, 16 October 2016 08:48 (two years ago) Permalink

The record comes with the lyrics but they're printed semi-randomly on a 2' x 3' poster so for the purposes of navigation it's like trying to read a map in a gale

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:28 (two years ago) Permalink

This album is an incredible rush. It's been a while since I've heard a record that made me want to immediately play the whole thing back-to-back on repeat, but that's what I've done four times in a row now.

Roz, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:54 (two years ago) Permalink

still not sure quite what to make of this yet, but I'm enjoying not getting it

Master Ballsmith (ogmor), Wednesday, 19 October 2016 13:54 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Just found out about this album this week. Really loving it. Very industrial and much more accessible than I was expecting

octobeard, Saturday, 10 December 2016 10:27 (one year ago) Permalink

omgggggggg how have I never listened to this artist before. "Pivot" and this new album are destroying me.

Tim F, Saturday, 10 December 2016 14:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I forgot I hadn't heard it when I last posted itt. Have now of course, bloody love it.

emil.y, Saturday, 10 December 2016 16:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Glad Tim's catching up with this, the s/t record on Public Information is also a must.

MikoMcha, Saturday, 10 December 2016 20:06 (one year ago) Permalink

I am obsessed with this album. It hits each and every one of my "more is more is more" maximalist buttons.

If it's a "pop" album, it's pop in the sense of The Dreaming, or Laika's Silver Apples from the Moon and Moonshake's The Sound Your Eyes Can Follow and Pram's Helium, or New Kingdom's Paradise Don't Come Cheap, or (the better parts of) The Knife's Shaking The Habitual or more uptempo parts of Bjork's Medulla: forcibly harnessing cacophony to pop forms, though I'd describe it as more exacting and extreme than any of those in the lengths it goes.

There's a moment in "Sift" - you know it when it arrives - when Gately sculpts this moment of build - inversion - explosion which is as impressive an example of the manipulation of "pop" (in the broadest sense") sonic dynamics as I can think of.

I want to know what Matt DC and Dan Perry and the Lex think of this record too.

Tim F, Sunday, 11 December 2016 05:25 (one year ago) Permalink

This is probably my AOTY, I'm realising.

Tim F, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:46 (one year ago) Permalink

team tim / team imago SONIC MELD (more the case every year tbf)

'sift' is an amazing composition yeah :) nice little write-up

Dave Plaintive rapper with classical training (imago), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:05 (one year ago) Permalink

"Tuck" sounds like Annie to me. Have to hear the whole album as that song unconvinced me, but the praise on the thread is encouraging.

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 20:25 (one year ago) Permalink

"Tuck" is, I suppose, the most "pop" song here, but even then only in a relative sense, and in context I think it takes on more of the dark vibe of the album than it may in isolation - her "Peek-A-Boo" perhaps.

I could come up with potentially dubious points of comparison for this album but they'd typically be theatrical nineties stuff (Ruby? The electronic parts of Tori Amos' late nineties work?) rather than 00s stabs at "perfect" pop.

Tim F, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 20:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Another reference point for me would be HEALTH's 'Death Magic' from last year.

Tim F, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 20:42 (one year ago) Permalink

this album is magnificent

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 16 December 2016 18:24 (one year ago) Permalink

this isn't a precise comparison but the turn toward doom metal at the end reminds me of portishead's third

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 16 December 2016 18:52 (one year ago) Permalink

also i'm listening to this record hungover which is the most masochistic thing i've done in ages but it works really well this way too

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 16 December 2016 19:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Seems like a weird time to be hungover, for what it's worth.

MikoMcha, Friday, 16 December 2016 20:17 (one year ago) Permalink

But hey, no judgment either.

MikoMcha, Friday, 16 December 2016 20:18 (one year ago) Permalink

office holiday parties kill, miko

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 16 December 2016 20:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Coffee and crullers. And Katie Gately.

MikoMcha, Friday, 16 December 2016 21:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Fucking good album

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Saturday, 17 December 2016 01:45 (one year ago) Permalink

This gets better the more I spin it. Will make my EOY list easy.

octobeard, Saturday, 17 December 2016 03:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Re contemporary reference points Empress Of venns with this well. Not yet into anything on the album quite as much as 'Tuck' though.

nashwan, Saturday, 17 December 2016 13:15 (one year ago) Permalink

"Sift" is brazen experimental pop at its best. The closest analog I can think to this is Wendy Carlos' "Beauty in The Beast" by Wendy Carlos. She did a similar thing where she approached the funhouse of pop music through an esoteric lense.

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Saturday, 17 December 2016 17:12 (one year ago) Permalink

^ sorry for double mention up there

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Saturday, 17 December 2016 17:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Wendy Carlos Wendy

avant-metal black metal illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 17:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I actually get a Tool/Maynard vibe on the title track.

octobeard, Saturday, 17 December 2016 20:34 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Love this album. 'Lift' is the best use of an eski bassline in ages.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 21:39 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

There are some fun videos on the Ableton site about how she uses field recordings in her work:

https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/katie-gately-sampling-her-world/

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:42 (nine months ago) Permalink


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