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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the experimental artist was influenced by her mother's cancer diagnosis and eventual passing in 2018.
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  1. Mar 6, 2020
    90
    Loom is a brave and raw document from the frontlines of grief, exhibiting the full range of its manifestations beyond sadness – its vacancy, rage and disorientation, delivered with a sweet disposition, enchanting you into a greater and richer awareness of what lies beneath, revealing deep beauty in the collision of exhilarating creativity and inevitable doom.
  2. Feb 18, 2020
    90
    A stunning achievement, with Loom Gately beautifully honors her mother as well as her commitment to uncompromising music.
  3. The Wire
    Mar 3, 2020
    90
    The folk inflection and multiplicity of Gately’s vocals make the album seem ancient. Or conjured. The songs aren’t ghostly as much as they feel witnessed, imbued with a palpable presence. ... Gately has sampled and mixed in her mother’s voice with her own, as if in acceptance of the balance of life and death. This co-existence – or the yearning for it – is ingrained in this astonishing album as a freshly carved cut in a foundational wooden beam. [Mar 2020, p.48]
  4. Feb 13, 2020
    80
    Loom is an intense record, full of feelings of loss, confusion and angst. It’s also an early contender for best electronic album of the year.
  5. Feb 13, 2020
    80
    With this album, Gately set out to "capture the weird spikey nature of this kind of looming doom, but also to include some absurd colours," and the result is a swirling mix of eerie atmosphere, devastating emotion and brilliant sonic abstraction. It is Gately's best work yet.
  6. Feb 13, 2020
    79
    The collection sounds like a deep dive into the ominous shuffling of Color’s outlier titular track, an ideal musical direction given the subject matter.
  7. Feb 14, 2020
    60
    The album features samples of earthquakes, shovels, shredders and screaming peacocks – an industrial-era Bosch painting turned into music. This nightmare is expertly arranged throughout, though in the second half the maximalism starts to feel like a means of papering over weak songwriting.

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  1. Feb 14, 2020
    8
    Álbum baseado no R&B, sem pop dançante. Bom pra quem gosta do estilo. Pouco por ter ficado 5 anos esperando? Talvez.

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