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Pulling At The Threads: Katie Gately’s Favourite Albums
Ben Graham , February 6th, 2020 09:34

On the release of her new album, Loom, the Brooklyn musician and sound artist talks about the records that have weaved their way through her life, from Joy Division to Joanna Newsom, Philip Glass to Low and This Heat


Bardo Pond - Lapsed
I heard them in college where I was music director of the radio station. I was very lucky, I got to become the music director because I was such a geek. I had spent high school just obsessively listening to music, and I didn’t have a great school experience so music was my friend. Someone at the radio station described Bardo Pond to me as sludge rock and I was like, what is that? This is the first album of theirs I heard and the first song hits really hard, ‘Tommy Gun Angel’, which I don’t know what that means, and I was just completely paralysed by it, like taking a drug or something. I loved the vocals. I loved that they were sloppy and incoherent and not pretty, or not super-pretty. At the time I was listening to what I guess you would call shoegazer music, and I liked it, but it was a little too shimmery for me. I felt like there weren’t any germs. I really like music where I feel as if the people making it have dirt under their fingernails. This felt sloppy in a good way. Not in a lazy way, but 'this is what we want to do and we want to sound big and overwhelming and borderless'. I just immediately fell in love. It just became a gateway into messier music. At that point I hadn’t really liked big walls of distorted guitar. But something about this record really changed my mind and made me more interested in walls of noise.