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Serpentwithfeet’s Songs of Supernatural Intimacy

The experimental musician’s powerful debut album, Soil, blends gospel and the gothic.
Source: Ash Kingston

When a song yearns for a “you,” where does the listener envision the singer and their subject? Music videos might offer the fantasy of artists directly serenading their beloveds, but love songs often feel more private, more desperate, than that. They can be, as Madonna pointed out, like prayers: requests for impossible intervention, recited alone.

On his hair-raising debut album , the

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