Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Charming Disaster premiere lead track from forthcoming album, folk-noir duo mixes dark lore with melodic sensibility

"Gothic folk murder balladry, not unlike PJ Harvey at her most ornate. But there’s an accessibility and pop sensibility that also nods to the likes of Andrew Bird or Regina Spektor. It’s darkness cut with a melodic immediacy, and it’s a thing of fanciful beauty." -- Treble

Brooklyn, NY duo Charming Disaster premiere the first track from their forthcoming sophomore album Cautionary Tales today at TrebleZine. Hear and share "Sympathetic Magic" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). 

The band hits the road this week for a handful of East Coast shows, followed by a longer tour in April. Please see complete dates below. 

Charming Disaster is a songwriting and performance duo formed by musicians Ellia Bisker (of Sweet Soubrette and Funkrust Brass Band) and Jeff Morris (of Kotorino) in 2012. Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir storytelling of Raymond Chandler, the stylish aesthetic of French new wave film, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret, they write songs that tell stories - exploring themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the paranormal. 

Their song "Ghost Story" was featured on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and they were awarded "best closing credits music" by the 2016 Garden State Film Festival for their song "Right Words to Say" (featured in the short film Mary and Louise). They released their debut album, Love, Crime & Other Trouble, in 2015, and their second album, Cautionary Tales, will be released in spring 2017. 

Many of the songs on Cautionary Tales were created in February 2015, when the duo spent two weeks holed up in an isolated cabin in the snowy woods of northern Michigan. Cautionary Tales expands on Charming Disaster's spooky, offbeat universe of paranormal romance, circus and carnival characters, con artists, and Egyptian mythology with new songs of espionage, occult practices, supernatural creatures, and the end of the world as we know it. The album's musical influences include traditional murder ballads, the duo collaborations of PJ Harvey and John Parish, and the folkier side of Led Zeppelin. Charming Disaster's literary bent is also in evidence, with references to cult fantasy novels Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and The Golden Compass as well as ancient lore from Greek and Norse mythology.  

Cautionary Tales will be available on CD and download on April 21st, 2017. Preorders are available via Bandcamp

03/23 Cambridge, MA @ Lost Marbles Salon at the Lizard Lounge
03/24 Burlington, VT @ Radio Bean
03/25 Jamaica Plain, MA @ Magnolia Loft
03/26 Putnam, CT @ The Stomping Ground
03/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Pete’s Candy Store
04/14 Baltimore, MD @ (secret house concert)
04/15 Kingston, NY @ The Anchor
04/16 Becket, MA @ Dream Away Lodge
04/18 Charlottesville, VA @ Blue Moon Diner
04/19 Greensboro, NC @ Common Grounds
04/20 Wilmington, NC @ (secret house concert)
04/21 Hillsborough, NC @ Mystery Brewing Company
04/22 York, PA @ (secret house concert)
04/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Hell Phone

Artist: Charming Disaster
Album: Cautionary Tales
Label: Charming Disaster Music
Release date: April 21st, 2017

01) Sympathetic Magic
02) Snake Bit
03) Selene & Endymion
04) Phosphorescent Lilies
05) Ragnarok
06) Little Black Bird
07) Days Are Numbered
08) Infernal Soiree
09) What Remains
10) String Break Song

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