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Commemorate

by Witch of the Vale

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    This duo weave evocative and emotional electronic soundscapes built around vocalist Erin Hawthorne’s delicate yet captivating vocals as heard on the standout tracks “The Way This Will End” and the gripping title track, “Commemorate!”

    THIS ITEM IS EXPECTED TO SHIP BEFORE JULY 2, 2021.* DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. IF YOU ORDER OTHER ITEMS ALONG WITH THIS ITEM, ALL ITEMS WILL BE SHIPPED TOGETHER. THANK YOU!*

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    Track Listing

    1. Something Lost
    2. Fever
    3. Trust the Pain
    4. Undressed
    5. Death Dream
    6. Crash
    7. The Sky And The Sea
    8. Your Voice
    9. Commemorate
    10. Suffocation
    11. The Way This Will End
    12. Gods & Monsters*
    13. The Ghosts Won't Know
    14. Live Again
    15. Commemorate [Unplugged] (Bonus) [CD Only]
    16. Commemorate Grendel Remix (Bonus) [CD Only]
    17. Commemorate Zardonic Remix (Bonus) [CD Only]
    18. Undressed [Unplugged] (Bonus) [CD Only]
    19. Boys Of Summer** (Bonus) [CD Only]

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1.
2.
Fever 04:19
Stand in the door, demand the key, invite you to the table, though I know you bring disease Break the bread, my tongue is dry, I’m dying but I’m calm, I swallow as I cry Please, someone stake me bury me, put me in the ground, someone find me a God who will burn this down I have found a hole in me, covered up to keep it in, I know I’ll never heal Something lost from who I’ve been, I cut away the skin and still I don’t feel clean Please, someone stake me bury me, put me in the ground, someone find me a God who will burn this down The fever should have gone by now, I’m getting sicker somehow The way we lose the things we love, they’re taken as we sleep, You’ll never see my face again you’ve killed me in my sleep, The way we lose the things we love, they’re taken as we sleep, You’ll never see my face again.
3.
Disappear, no-one will find you here, the river told me to drown, the earth agreed, I know them well Trust the pain, you felt nothing before it came, it comes in waves, I know, you tear it out then watch it grow Kiss my wound, Catch my fever, Lie and say you’ll never leave her Shameful lust, Weak and feeble, Soon you’ll know we’re not good people Promise me you’ll spare yourself this misery they burn the tissue from the bone, the way they talk we’ll never know Trust the pain, you felt nothing before it came, the river told you to drown, and I agree, I know you well Kiss my wound, Catch my fever, Lie and say you’ll never leave her Shameful lust, Weak and feeble, Soon you’ll know we’re not good people Tell the truth, come what may, cities rot and we’ll decay, you hurt me, I’m not feeble, Now you know we’re not good people.
4.
Undressed 04:51
You feel used, undressed against the wall again Your self abuse, you’re fucked up and no drug is an excuse, but an open wound has never stopped you before and at least the pain is yours On the bedroom floor I know something about you Behind closed doors I know something about you As the room grows narrow and airless no traces left behind, you build the fortress you die inside Withdrawal of the self, isolation by design, you build the fortress you die inside The familiar sound, your thoughts become the enemy Held in your mouth, is a word you learned but never dared pronounce, so just spit it out, my teeth on edge your heels dig the ground And it’s coming out I know something about your And it’s over now I know something about you As the room grows narrow and airless no traces left behind, you build the fortress you die inside Withdrawal of the self, isolation by design, you build the fortress you die inside On the bedroom floor I know something about you Behind closed doors I know something about you.
5.
Death Dream 04:28
The first page was the colour of blood it felt good too see it for myself, I’d heard of lies before, nothing like this though the world will forget your sins in time Pray to this new voice inside your head, when they ask you what it says, chew the glass and swallow, their weapons can’t hurt you now Run out of ways to say, Run out of reasons to stay Who will teach me how to lie to myself to stay sane Run out of Gods to blame Run out of reasons to pray Who will teach my how to lie to myself to stay sane The last days were the colour of blood, it felt good to see it to the end, I’ve heard that voice before, nothing like this though The world will forget your sins in time This new deathwish now I’ve come alive, now I notice when you lie, chew the glass and swallow your weapons can’t hurt me now Run out of ways to say, Run out of reasons to stay Who will teach me how to lie to myself to stay sane Run out of Gods to blame Run out of reasons to pray Who will teach my how to lie to myself to stay sane The world will forget your sins in time.
6.
Crash 03:44
I will try to keep the stress marks out of sight, out of mind trace the life line, my mouth is so dry cut it with serotonin improvise, analyse, I’ve got a taste for it and maybe I like it Why can’t I feel like you do, everything I am is numb I might be smiling but I hate you on the inside Mouthful of lithium peppered with etiquette stitch my mouth shut, the words have run dry salt me with powdered glass, grinding teeth, stereotype, slow motion crash, the sounds as we break down Why can’t I feel like you do, everything I am is numb I might be smiling but I hate you on the inside I’d rather die in this place, swallowing until I drown I know you love me but there’s nothing on the inside.
7.
The walls are falling in, we have nothing I paint them all the same, you say nothing The walls are paper thin, we hear nothing The ghosts are listening Death spares nothing I lie to stop the sky colliding with the sea When it hurts, I am who I want to be I can’t stop the sky colliding with the sea but when it hurts, I know I’m who I want to be I see it in your eyes you feel nothing Pleading ‘let me die, my soul is on fire’ The palm against my brow, ‘Let me be saved!’ The water fills my mouth, we’re swallowed by the waves I lie to stop the sky colliding with the sea When it hurts, I am who I want to be I can’t stop the sky colliding with the sea but when it hurts, I know I’m who I want to be Promise me that the world isn’t ending Lie to me to keep the sky above the sea.
8.
Your Voice 04:17
If you see her let her know that I miss her in my bones A misplacement of the soul, now my blood forgets to flow Time has passed without a sound, and I don’t want to be found, and I don’t want you to see what this world has made of me And I only hear my name in your voice So just call me, call me, whatever you want Waiting for a day that never comes, I stay the same I cannot change what I’ve become The road is wasted on the ones who know the way, I lose myself to follow you into decay What has died I’ve buried deep, still it finds me in my sleep All I am is what remains, and I wake without a name And I only hear my name in your voice So just call me, call me, whatever you want.
9.
Commemorate 03:08
A feeling I cannot escape I need someone to hear this A habit I have grown to hate, who am I though without it? The things that I have done to myself No sympathy, I know I deserve this An anniversary arrives, commemorate with roses I feel empty, though I’ve survived, I hope no-one will notice The things that I have done to myself No sympathy, I know I deserve this The lies that I have told to preserve this Commemorate this day with roses.
10.
Suffocation 04:05
Look how love has held you down, never was one to resist It doesn’t matter anymore It’s over I used to feel like I belong, now home is just a word for nowhere I can’t breathe anymore It’s over Home is a house that you could die in, and drift into like sleep Close your eyes, stop breathing, afterlife becomes a dream Look how love has held you down, never was one to resist It doesn’t matter anymore It’s over In between four papered walls, I could believe I have a soul Suffocation takes you in your sleep, Watch the light under the door Something lingers in the corner, clock is ticking like it knows, you were once somebody’s daughter, once you had somewhere to go Look how love has held you down, never was one to resist It doesn’t matter anymore It’s over I used to feel like I belong, now home is just a word for nowhere I can’t breathe anymore It’s over.
11.
Watch Me Lose Hope For The Last Time A deep pain revealing the truth and the meaning, they keep me close just to keep me alone Reliving the moment believing I can control it, the gates and chained and no-one is home Skies Turn Black While Skin Turns White I’m guilty the ghosts know, my eyes close, they won’t go, died long ago and they want me the most I wish you could love me, I wish I was worthy, of something more than the way this will end Watch Me Lose Hope For The Last Time.
12.
In the land of gods and monsters I was an angel Living in the garden of evil Screwed up, scared, doing anything that I needed Shining like a fiery beacon You got that medicine I need Fame, liquor, love, give it to me slowly Put your hands on my waist, do it softly Me and God we don't get along, so now I sing No one's gonna take my soul away Living like Jim Morrison Headed towards a fucked up holiday Motel, sprees, sprees, and I'm singing Fuck yeah give it to me, this is heaven, what I truly want It's innocence lost Innocence lost In the land of gods and monsters I was an angel, looking to get fucked hard Like a groupie incognito posing as a real singer Life imitates art You got that medicine I need Dope, shoot it up straight to the heart beat I don't really wanna know what's good for me God's dead, I said 'baby that's alright with me' No one's gonna take my soul away Living like Jim Morrison Headed towards a fucked up holiday Motel, sprees, sprees, and I'm singing Fuck yeah give it to me, this is heaven, what I truly want It's innocence lost Innocence lost When you talk it's like a movie and you're making me crazy 'Cause life imitates art If I get a little prettier, can I be your baby? And tell me life isn't that hard No one's gonna take my soul away I'm living like Jim Morrison Headed towards a fucked up holiday Motel, sprees, sprees, and I'm singing Fuck yeah, give it to me, this is heaven, what I truly want It's innocence lost Innocence lost.
13.
Spill the wine, we’re all the same Smash the mirrors, carve the bones Pray for snow, the birds fly low, stay the nightmares ‘til the dawn Your eyes shine brighter when you stay I’m afraid to look away I couldn’t bear to see them fade, that familiar, troubled gaze, nevermind It doesn’t matter if we Spill the wine, we’re all the same Smash the mirrors, carve the bones Pray for snow, the birds fly low, stay the nightmares ‘til the dawn Ghosts watch over Hold me closer Don’t leave, I couldn’t bare to see you go You belong, among the walls and hearts of home Always running from the dark, to be safe, to be apart, alone But what does it matter if we Mull the wine, we’re here again, you could do without the pain Spill the salt and take the blame Fetch the glasses, pour me mine, Dance for rain, the birds fly low Turn your wisdom in words Live again, the ghosts won’t know, they only come when I’m alone Dry your eyes and count the crows, and when I stumble take me home Dry the chill out of your bone I’m only cold when you’re not home.
14.
Live Again 01:14

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"Erin Hawthorne and Ryan Hawthorne are WITCH OF THE VALE, an unsettling electronic duo from the serene shores of Loch Lomond and the remote Outer Hebridean Isles."

"Like a mid-to-downtempo offering to Pagan spirits, ‘Commemorate’ combines misery with beauty, evoking confused but uplifting emotions of hope in an atmosphere where all is not quite as it should be… so real life then and very fitting with many isolated from the life they have previously known."

"WITCH OF THE VALE’s unusual gothic cover of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Gods & Monsters’ still stands out, transporting the gritty sleazy American original to the ominous location of ‘The Wicker Man’ for their most likely crossover recording."

"Timeless and captivating, WITCH OF THE VALE offer something unusual with ‘Commemorate’ while connected to traditional, thereby producing something quite extraordinary and of another world.

In a short period of existence which has seen them open for ASSEMBLAGE 23, SOLAR FAKE, CLAN OF XYMOX and LINEA ASPERA as well as playing Infest 2019, their trajectory has been pointing up and the quality of this debut will ensure it will stay that way for a bit longer" -

The Electricity Club review:
www.electricityclub.co.uk/witch-of-the-vale-commemorate/

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released December 10, 2020

All songs written by Erin Hawthorne, Ryan Hawthorne


except for * & **
*Gods & Monsters (Lana Del Rey cover)
Written by Elizabeth Grant, Tim Larcombe
Published by EMI BLACKWOOD MUSIC INC

** Boys Of Summer (Don Henley cover)
Written by Don Henley, Mike Campbell
Published by Wood Creek Music

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Witch of the Vale are Erin Hawthorne and Ryan Hawthorne, an unsettling electronic duo from the serene shores of Loch Lomond and the remote Outer Hebridean Isles.

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