#dailyupdate: Burn the Witch

When I heard Radiohead’s new song for the first time, “Burn the Witch,” I was left with a foreboding joy of pure brilliance and deep sorrow. There was no doubt in my mind that he, like PJ Harvey, was utilizing his music as activism and that this song was about the hatred burning this world down. I listened to the song repeatedly, watched the clip multiple times, and have read the lyrics endlessly.
Burn the witch
Burn the witch
We know where you live

Confirming my suspicion, the Atlantic publishes this:

Today’s new Radiohead song, “Burn the Witch,” blessedly does not hide its power. Sonically novel yet viscerally moving, gorgeous yet terrifying, it is the sound of Radiohead returning to do what it exists to do. The video is a claymation retelling of The Wicker Man, in which a police officer arrives at a town that is—spoiler alert!—secretly preparing to burn him in a ritual sacrifice. Thom Yorke’s lyrics speak of the kind of mass action and complacency that allows such a crime and, the logic probably goes, many other cruelties committed by societies.

And the Guardian highlights the theme too – directing focus directly to the refugee crisis in Europe and anti-Muslim sentiments that are raging.

Stay in the shadows
Cheer the gallows
This is a roundup

This is a low flying panic attack
Sing the song on the jukebox that goes

Burn the witch
Burn the witch
We know where you live

The only thing that exceeds his genius is his relevance.


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