On February 14th via Houndstooth, Katie Gately will release Loom, her new album dedicated to her mother who passed away in 2018 due to a sudden onset of a particularly aggressive form of cancer.
Watch below the video for new single “Waltz“, directed by Samantha Shay was filmed at an abandoned Catholic convent and stars famed modern dancer Bobbi Jene Smith opposite Gately, who appears in her own video for the first time ever.
Following lead single “Bracer,” new track “Waltz” originated after Gately listened to her late mother’s favourite artist Leonard Cohen’s track “Take This Waltz” on repeat for an entire day.
“When I listen, I see images that correlate to a zebra on a bad LSD trip,” says Gately. “But I feel that its absurdity honors the chaos of losing someone you love more than time, space or measure. And so perhaps my message is: it’s okay to feel like a drunk zebra when your heart is breaking. Or… to quote the far greater poet Leonard Cohen: ‘When things get really bad, just raise your glass and stamp your feet and do a little jig. That’s about all you can do.’”
“When I work with a musician, there is a wide spectrum to feelings about being filmed or photographed, and Katie expressed that she didn’t feel comfortable on camera,” says director Sam Shay. “The day of the shoot I asked Katie if she wanted to be challenged as a performer or not, and she practically demanded it of me. What resulted was absolutely magnetic. She willfully and bravely let her walls collapse in front of us, and this video, to me, is a powerful portrait of her.”
Sat. Feb. 29 – Queens, NY @ Knockdown Center (Outline: Winter)
Wed. Mar. 25 – Bern, CH @ Dampfzantrale
Wed. April 1 – London, UK @ Cafe Oto
Fri. April 3 – The Hague, NL @ Rewire Festival
New album Loom out February 14th on Houndstooth.