Anyone else feel like all this isolation has you tuning into the higher frequencies of this universe? If that’s how you’re feeling, I can tell you need some WITCHING in your life. I’ve got it here in the form of their track “Witness” that you can stream below. The sounds perfectly capture what I’ve been feeling lately; both the celebratory, eternal energy of the earth as it takes back the life we’ve been sucking from it, and the dying gasps of the meagre, greedy systems we’ve created to oppress and exclude each other from our basic right to live freely and abundantly with nature. That’s where my 42 days of isolation brain is going with it anyway, and I think if you read the band’s interpretation of this song below, you can see that WITCHING’s music has the power to tap into your dark thoughts and make sense of them. “Witness” is soothing and scathing at the same time, and it’s off their new album Vernal that comes out in May 2020 – pre-order it here. Stream it here:
Witness is 100% about addiction from my corner when I was writing it. Pretty much self sabotage via self medication. I was in a lot of pain, and opiates made it all go away. For about a decade, it took the guitar out of my hands and everything else. I only wrote one song in 10 years; it created this bottomless pit of depression before I knew what I was doing to myself. This is a definitely a sentiment of helplessness, ignorance and healthy coping.
Nate’s songwriting has this power to dig up the negative shit in my life, and I deal with it. I was a complete mess a couple years ago and I isolated myself from others, or whatever was left of the friends I had. I just felt like, whatever bad situation I was in, I deserved it and had to pay my “time.” I know it sounds silly, but I took a job in a basement because I felt like I had to disappear. I’m thankful that, by doing so, I found some very close friends that I would never have expected.