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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

ogmor, Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:43 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

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

emil.y, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 12:44 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

oh good stuff

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:09 (five years ago) link

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

Doran, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:18 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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, July 21, 2014 1:42 AM (2 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

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

;)

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

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:39 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

imho

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:50 (five years ago) link

(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 (five years ago) link

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

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:55 (five years ago) link

will do, when home :)

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

& 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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

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

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 5 November 2014 18:04 (five years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

>>> new album out today <<<

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Friday, 14 October 2016 06:32 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Friday, 14 October 2016 18:04 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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

imago, Friday, 14 October 2016 18:59 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

(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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

in fact this is getting better with every listen

imago, Saturday, 15 October 2016 19:19 (three years ago) link

yes in fact I renounce initial criticisms - this is wonderful

imago, Sunday, 16 October 2016 08:48 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

This is probably my AOTY, I'm realising.

Tim F, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:46 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

"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 (three years ago) link

"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 (three years ago) link

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

Tim F, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 20:42 (three years ago) link

this album is magnificent

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 16 December 2016 18:24 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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

MikoMcha, Friday, 16 December 2016 20:17 (three years ago) link

But hey, no judgment either.

MikoMcha, Friday, 16 December 2016 20:18 (three years ago) link

office holiday parties kill, miko

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 16 December 2016 20:48 (three years ago) link

Coffee and crullers. And Katie Gately.

MikoMcha, Friday, 16 December 2016 21:34 (three years ago) link

Fucking good album

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Saturday, 17 December 2016 01:45 (three years ago) link

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

octobeard, Saturday, 17 December 2016 03:17 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

"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 (three years ago) link

^ sorry for double mention up there

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Saturday, 17 December 2016 17:13 (three years ago) link

Wendy Carlos Wendy

avant-metal black metal illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 17:13 (three years ago) link

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

octobeard, Saturday, 17 December 2016 20:34 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

Color really holds up!

imago, Monday, 5 November 2018 10:24 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3z4VwHin98

she's back, in longform

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 18:40 (three months ago) link

yeah I heard the other day, liked it. i mean it takes her nine and a half minutes to get to the really good stuff but I guess that's the point

imago, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 18:42 (three months ago) link

Fucking hell yes. Totally forgot about her! Thanks for this.

octobeard, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 18:43 (three months ago) link

I think the “takes her nine and a half minutes to get to the really good stuff” structure basically reflects her approach on “Pivot” and it works here for the same reasons it worked there, though otherwise this feels like a logical next step from the last album. It also feels like a 10 minute + epic inspired by the final minute of Kate Bush’s “Leave It Open”.

Tim F, Thursday, 14 November 2019 07:55 (three months ago) link

She posted on social media yesterday some personal background to the song:

thanks so very much to everyone kindly sharing 10.5 minutes with me & ‘Bracer’ this past week.

wanted to share a bit on how/why I made this track below in the off chance someone listening may have struggled with the same issues pic.twitter.com/OM6mXBlQ7T

— Katie Gately (@kgsounds) November 13, 2019

Jeff W, Thursday, 14 November 2019 13:00 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

whoa 'Tower'

imago, Friday, 14 February 2020 15:56 (three days ago) link

no wait 'Flow'

some good stuff as per

imago, Friday, 14 February 2020 16:02 (three days ago) link

this fucking rules

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 14 February 2020 16:32 (three days ago) link

as expected

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 14 February 2020 16:32 (three days ago) link

Yes, this is good.

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Friday, 14 February 2020 16:55 (three days ago) link

She's great. On Houndstooth instead of Tri Angle, interesting.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 14 February 2020 16:56 (three days ago) link

So far it sounds like what I wanted the Holly Herndon album to be.

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Friday, 14 February 2020 17:01 (three days ago) link

Was not super into her other album but I’m digging this so far.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 14 February 2020 17:11 (three days ago) link

This is really good. “Bracer” was an under appreciated song last year out of context, but it sounds utterly monumental at the heart of the LP.

Jeff W, Saturday, 15 February 2020 22:20 (two days ago) link

Bracer is, ahem, bracing.

Matt DC, Sunday, 16 February 2020 18:58 (yesterday) link

Yeah it's sounding so much better now

imago, Sunday, 16 February 2020 20:25 (yesterday) link

xp -- artist's statement is really interesting because I like "Bracer" a lot but didn't get that from it at all

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Sunday, 16 February 2020 23:23 (yesterday) link

This is great. It's very captivating and focused. I've not untangled the "story" yet but she takes me into her world with ease. Will be spending more time with this for sure.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 17 February 2020 08:58 (two hours ago) link


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