When Lana Del Rey posted a tweet with a seemingly new photoshoot and three individual dates, fans scrambled to social media, expecting the dates to coincide with new music or live shows. They were wrong.
The tweeted dates – February 24th, March 26, April 24 and May 23 – in fact align themselves with an ongoing anti-Trump witchcraft ritual allegedly being carried out by witching communities across the globe, casting ‘binding’ spells on Donald Trump in a bid to remove him from office. Held on each ‘waning crescent moon’, the news – that immediately went viral – has to be one of the most fabulous anti-Trump moves to date.
In honour of Del Rey’s ‘not all heroes wear capes’ avant-garde moment, we’ve curated a playlist filled with magical tunes made by wicked women.
Fleetwood Mac: Rhiannon
There’s always been a witchy elegance to Fleetwood Mac frontrunner Harvey Nicks and her appearance on American Horror Story: Coven a couple of years ago reinvigorated that aesthetic to younger audiences. Witchcraft became part of the rock sensibility in the ‘70s, when Nicks twirled onstage swathed in scarves, bathed in incense smoke, and illuminated by hundreds of candles. Lana has some big boots to fill…
Florence + the Machine: Which Witch
Empowering figures throughout the narratives of her tracks mixed with floral and heavily patterned outfit choices makes Florence Welch the mysterious name in music you’re just dying to know more about. This element of the clairvoyant, the mystic and the otherworldly is seen throughout this heroine’s work, from Cosmic Love and Girl With One Eye on Lungs, No Light, No Light and Seven Devils on Ceremonials and now Which Witch and Third Eye on her most recent album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
A dark, moody, sometimes intimidating and anatomical approach to sound, BANKS’ debut album Goddess oozes a twisted click of ‘otherness’ projected through big vocals, linguistically thrilling lyrics and synths to match. Branding herself off this sense of there being more than what you just see, her recent follow-up album takes a new approach to the same ideal through Poltergeist, Mother Earth and Judas. Witchy vibes all round.
A song from a period of great distress for Grimes, Oblivion plays with the idea of the self and the human psyche in a itching track of discomfort. Oblivion denotes a state of being unaware or unconscious of one’s surroundings, but also implies an intoxicated stupor. From Latin, oblivisci further means ‘forget’, and its legal definition constitutes amnesty or pardon. Spooky.
Zella Day: Hypnotic
Winning over an impressive fanbase back in 2012 with the release of her cover of Seven Nation Army, Zella’s voice is one to be contested with. We mean, one of 2015’s highlights was the much anticipated release of her debut album; Kicker. Hypnotic is playful, full of tease and itching in dark reference, perfect for any witchy-vibes.
Marika Hackman: Animal Fear
Previously working with everyone from alt-J to Laura Marling, Hackman’s CV is pretty impressive. Matching melancholy with nonchalance, Marika’s vibe is effortlessly cool, infinitely dark and worth time in every one of your playlists. And, with the recent release of Boyfriend and the announcement that everyone’s favourite dark indie girl is back for another album, we couldn’t not include her.
MS MR: Dark Doo Wop
Queer indie-pop duo MS MR have been one of the most rampant and engaging sounds the scene has had to offer for a few years now, boasting two strong albums perfect for blocking everything out. Dark Doo Wop from their debut offers the punchy brilliance the duo offer with a creepy and somewhat cosmic undertone, perfect for any witchy playlist.
Lykke Li: I Follow Rivers
With it’s punchy and muffled twitches, obsessive lyrics and creepy video (featuring a veiled Lykke Li), I Follow Rivers can only be described as the secret love child of Virginia Woolf and Stanley Kubrick. Creepy, yet oozing in elegance, the video gets the heart racing and will probably get you double checking you locked the door at night.
Sky Ferreira: Night Time My Time
Often partnered with the creepy vibes of Twin Peaks, Sky Ferreira has been linked to the show on a handful of occasions now, most recently after cropping up on the lengthy (and pretty weird) cast list for the third season. The mysterious gal’s debut album Night Time, My Time, took its name from Laura Palmer’s short yet notable line in Fire Walk With Me, the 1992 feature-length continuation of the series. Sky, we’re waiting for more.
Nina Simone: I Put A Spell On You
I mean, it doesn’t really need an explanation, does it? Simone’s iconic forms itself as the basis, heart and drive behind this playlist. You’re welcome.
Image: Lana Del Rey for Another Man S/S15