Katie Gately

by Katie Gately

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Volzom Zofbie
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Volzom Zofbie First 10 seconds, and I'm sold. Cathedral beauty. The grandness. The industrial folk. Massiveness.
Twisted Cocteau Twinsy.
Katie Gately.
I'm going to buy everything with your name on it, from now on.
"Stems" just nails it.
Favorite track: Last Day. Favorite track: Stings.
Art Fin
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Art Fin I admit that on first listen of this experimental electronic music I was put off - it sounded like somebody dragging chains on the ground combined with the noise from a muffler repair shop. On second listen I immediately liked it and realized the samples have been edited into a strangely fascinating beat. This is comparable to Bjork's most left field works especially her collaborations with Matmos. Favorite track: Last Day.
Gavin Hellyer
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Gavin Hellyer Fascinating EP this. Katie is providing us with some of the most interesting music around and it's a joy to behold. Favorite track: Last Day.
Steve Smith
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Steve Smith The very first album I heard via Bandcamp's new Music Feed feature (thanks, Lars Gotrich!), this amazing alien electro-pop debut set was an instant, happy purchase. Favorite track: Last Day.
Lars Gotrich
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Lars Gotrich The digital klaaaang on "Last Day" is alarmingly full of life, capturing a very specific sound as something meaningful without giving us meaning. And this is only Gately’s debut. I’m positively electrified. Favorite track: Last Day.
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Again we search into West Coast skies to an artist reaching for them. To Los Angeles, to Katie Gately. Still in the throes of academe we find her, playing at new pop forms.

This here record in bloom is a bold and exciting taster of what is in store, around the corner. Six tracks of frightening ambition. A prime distillation in computer-music-pop. More alarming - this is her debut release, she has been making organised sound for just over a year.

Screech ,crumble, gurgle, crack.... the opening track “Ice” a storm of cluster tones and sequenced-bursts sets the standard. Then, to a potential Top10 smasher... gone mutant. “Last Day” is the first time we hear Katie’s voice, first looped and torn, then glowing, euphoric and beaming from deep inside a crashing-banging-beat system... "I awoke from a little hole underneath the earth..."

We follow similar patterns across this half-dozen. Fractured vocalisations, bittersweet harmonies, freaked alien voices all living, breathing in deep fried motherboards of acute computer programming and field sound. “Dead Referee” finds Katie on a post-apocalypse Basketball court, destroying waves of squeaks and crunches and cuts with a vocal refrain of high beauty, it Knifes through the noise.

Then, to “Left Half” the haunting reverb-calm before storm.... I’m gonna’ sew your face to my heart she whispers... “Stems” closes the record in a riot of tone and interference and alien acappella.

This is a new approach toward brighter days, mangled, beautiful, sun-reaching 23C Pop Musik for troubled times.

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released September 2, 2013

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A survey of electronics… noise… psych… industrial… house… dub… wyrd-pop… library… techno… art… design from the last seven decades…

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