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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


Joy Division - Closer
I heard Joy Division when I was very young, and I did not like them. I was about 11 and I thought Ian Curtis’s voice was scary. I listened to a radio station called WFMU, which was in New Jersey but three days a week I could pick it up, I don’t know why. I couldn’t get it on Mondays and Tuesdays: the receiver didn’t work. But I discovered so much through them. I think they played ‘Transmission’ and I didn’t really like his voice, but the way the DJ spoke about them I thought oh, maybe they’re good. So I decided to explore them more and I got that compilation record, Substance, and I thought this is interesting, but I didn’t get obsessed with any of the material on there. But I was still intrigued, so I went to Tower Records in Lower Manhattan, and I’d read that Unknown Pleasures was the one to get, but they didn’t have it. They had Closer, so I got Closer and as is a repeated theme for me, the first record I hear by an artist, if I like it, it’s hard to get first place over that. I did eventually hear Unknown Pleasures and it’s wonderful, but I still don’t really listen to it that much. Closer though, I don’t know where to begin. The first track, the drums are incredible. It just feels like you’re about to go on a journey. As a teenager I didn’t look people up and read about them, beyond these little snippets I’d read in magazines so I didn’t even know Ian Curtis was dead. I don’t even know if I checked the date of the record to see if they were a current band. I was so out of touch. But I did know that, as a depressed teenager, it made me feel like who I was was okay, and that the feelings I had were not unique.