Units of Time Rather Than Chords

Featuring : Katie Gately + The Knife

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(art is Full Face by Jordan Kasey)

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Katie Gately via the mediumship of her Schemawound remix. Katie is a student of sound design, and we immediately loved what one reader called her “beautiful, haunting, pitch black spirals”. We couldn’t have imagined her next move was going to be fierce, intricate, psychegressive (it’s a new word we just made, for stuff that delivers the transportive elements of psychedelia with a sort of car door-slamming aggression – well, stupider words have caught on. shoeegaze.) POP songs, but put it this way, if the new Knife album is even half this good then it will be amazing.

Not that Katie sounds like The Knife. Rather she’s as difficult to pigeonhole as Karin and Olof are – or at least were, until everyone else ripped Silent Shout off and left it for dead.

Katie’s Pop Pop collection is pop music that can’t sit still, is exploding with ideas. Sometimes it sounds overloaded with thoughts, which find literal expression in Katie’s dense Disco Inferno-like lattices of words. But then on other tracks her vocals pull back and space out, disassociating from the rhythms and finding unlikely companions in choirs of pitch-shifted and manipulated vocals – her voice made into marching, chirruping armies of munchkins, automatons, Substance D-stretched friend-apparitions.

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Sometimes her voice catches on a cadence that it likes, and wants to examine over and over again in her mouth, and the whole music seems to scroll back and forth just to indulge her. The accompaniments seem made out of mindgames with individual units of time rather than chords.

Y’all is the opening track. Every track is different, so you need to listen to all of them, but listen to this one first.

Katie Gately – Y’all

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