As I was catching up on the always brilliant Phantasmaphile blog the other day (ran by the rather bewitching Pam Grossman), I noticed that she’d declared 2013 as the “year of the witch”. Hmmm, never occurred to me but let’s run with it. December 21, 2012 supposedly represented a shift in consciousness and I’ll be honest, I sort of feel like a psychic veil has in fact been subtly lifted. Has a new Aeon begun which will re-align us with the sacred shamanic feminine knowledge they used to build the pyramids? I think you’d have to look back on our era from at least fifty years in the future to make any sort of determination on that one. Let’s just remember that it’s fun to pretend that it did, and us doing so enriches the cosmic current of the macro-consciousness. The future already happened man.
So with this in mind, I’m gonna hopefully do a series of posts in 2013 about women artists, musicians, philosophers, etc. who are currently changing the conscious landscape of the divine Holy Spirit. First nominee? Emily Pothast (rhymes with hottest) from the band Midday Veil. I don’t get psychic impressions about people very often, but the first time I saw Midday Veil play years back something odd went down. The second she opened her insanely proficient pipes and started belting out psionic hymns to the stars, I was briefly flooded with a flash of blinding white light energy. It was explained to me that she was more powerful than I would ever be, but it might not always seem that way in this current incarnation, as she’s quite a bit younger in a spiritual sense. Another way of putting that would be, she’s a witch and she doesn’t even know it yet.
Was I onto something? Well, in the subsequent years girl’s done more to congeal the energies of the emerging Seattle psych rock scene (now with legal weed) than anyone else I can think of. There wasn’t much coherency here on that front before her, her rad-tastic boyfriend/bandmate/keyboard wizard David Golightly and their Portable Shrines pals made it so. Another way of putting that would be, she’s a social networking sorceress.
Oh, and her band Midday Veil’s music is tragically under-appreciated outside of the Pacific Northwest. Seriously, if you like psych rock and don’t own their full length, full band (they made another record as a two piece before that, which is also awesome) debut Eyes All Around you should go buy that now. 2012 also saw the Veil dropping a video for the 21 minute improv epic Moon Temple from their Subterranean Ritual II album.It is one of the modern era’s greatest achievements in psychedelic head trip mind-fuckery in my own humble opinion (seriously, watch it if you’re baked and have a free minute or twenty):
Downloading that particular album only costs a freaking $1.98 on Amazon currently, so yeah, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t want it. Oh, and she also runs the rather excellent Translinquistic Other label. You could lose days to this stuff if your chemical infrastructure is altered right. You’ve been warned.