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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


The For Carnation - The For Carnation
I was a very depressed teenager and I read about The For Carnation and it sounded like it would be a fit. I heard the first song and it was so glacial and minimalist. My blood pressure has never been great. It’s always been a little high, which makes sense if you’re an anxious person, but that song is so long it was hypnotic and I felt my blood pressure normalise, it made me feel so grounded and seen. I don’t really know what the lyrics are in this record. They’re pretty opaque. But it was just like a laser beam hit me and I listened to it obsessively for a number of years. The first song and the last song in particular, because they’re interesting mirror images of each other. They’re so long and still, but they’re not weepy. I don’t really know how this record sounds to anyone else because it just became fused with this period of my life.