Experimental musician and producer Katie Gately has released an arresting video for “Waltz,” the new single from her upcoming album, Loom.
The “Waltz” clip, which was directed by Samantha Shay, marks the first time Gately has appeared in one of her own videos. Facing Gately in the setting of a neglected, spooky house is acclaimed modern dancer Bobbie Jene Smith, who delivers a haunting performance.
Loom, Gately’s sophomore album, is dedicated to her mother, who passed away in 2018 from an aggressive form of cancer. “Waltz” originated after the producer listened to “Take This Waltz” by Leonard Cohen—her mother’s favorite musician—on repeat for an entire day, and is “about being disoriented and wanting to check out with a substance,” Gately said in a statement.
“When I listen, I see images that correlate to a zebra on a bad LSD trip,” Gately said in a statement. “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.’”
Loom is out February 14 on Houndstooth. Watch Gately’s “Waltz” video here: