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Windhand’s Dorthia Cottrell Debuts “Take Up Serpents”


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Windhand‘s Dorthia Cottrell has released another solo single, the latest being titled “Take Up Serpents“. You can find the song on her forthcoming solo album “Death Folk Country“, due out April 21st on Relapse.

An official press release explained the intent and inspiration of the track, offering:

‘Ripe with religious imagery, the track invokes the spirit of the old Pentacostal churches of the American South, made famous for their handling of venomous snakes as a show of faith. The title Take Up Serpents comes from bible verse, Mark 16:18. ‘They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Cottrell added:

“Even though I don’t consider myself a religious person, I do believe that there are forces beyond current human understanding. I think we interact with those forces and they have an effect on us. This verse always stood out to me; I think love and faith in the unseen are deeply connected. I always thought this verse perfectly described the kind of omnipotent power that Love is, and how it can inspire such a faith and devotion that can reframe reality.”

An album release show will be held at the Black Cat in Washington, DC on April 20th.

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