Katie Gately – Loom

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Katie Gately "Loom" album cover

I want to love this album. Gately is a talented artist and producer. The songs honor her mother’s death. The album was released on one of my favorite labels. I have a soft spot for anyone named Katie.

I want to love this album, but I don’t.

This is Gately’s mourning album. We all mourn differently. Some of us fall deep into darkness where no light can shine, some plod forward in a cloak of denial, and most wander somewhere between the two extremes.

Loom falls deep into the darkness where no light can shine. Personally, it’s not how I choose to mourn, but I could get past those differences if the music was amazing.

It’s not.

The production is gorgeous but the songwriting reminds me of monotonous goth albums from the ‘90s. There are moments of madness that conjure Kurt Weill, but as great as those are, they’re outweighed by mediocre songwriting. I can only handle so many dramatic diminished chords and harmonic minor scales before death starts to feel like a caricature.

I want to love this album. I can live with its lack of light but its tired representation of darkness ultimately makes Loom a very dull album.

Released: February 14, 2020

About Chuck

Chuck is a lifelong music lover. He spent his 20s working as a professional musician before discovering he enjoys listening to music more than playing it. He knows a little bit about most genres, though electronic dance music, rock, and hip-hop are his favorites. Eleven albums/shows that transformed how he sees and hears the world (in order he encountered them): Fleetwood Mac Rumours; Van Halen Fair Warning; The Cure Standing on a Beach; John Coltrane Crescent; De La Soul Three Feet High and Rising; Puccini La Boheme (de los Angeles, Bjorling, Beecham); Everything but the Girl Walking Wounded; Carl Cox, Twilo, NYC, May 2000; Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.; Grateful Dead. Fillmore East, NYC, April 1971; Taylor Swift 1989.

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