"Charming Disaster has an affinity for monsters, mortality, paranormal activity and unearthly shenanigans. On Spells + Rituals, their most recent album, and in concert, the duo – Ellia Bisker, vocals, ukulele and piano and Jeff Morris, vocals, guitar, and piano – has also been exploring divination, more explicitly the secret knowledge that hides behind the images on a deck of Tarot cards…The songs on Spells + Rituals create a dark, compelling mood, sparked by flashes of wry humor...The band’s literary lyrics, and melodies that reference music from all over the world, are designed to give listeners an emotionally and musically expansive evening." - Rock & Roll Globe

“The album shines as a masterclass of musicality. Each note fully breathes in its absinthe, intoxicating the listener. Charming Disaster has crafted a gothic folk opera that is definitely going to find its audience in Spells + Rituals. Usually the strange and unusual takes time to find its home, but I am sure glad you found me, Charming Disaster.” - Independent Clauses

“They don’t just sing foreboding ballads, they’re like Macbeth’s witches’ premonitions.” - Jack Rabid, Big Takeover Magazine

"Charming Disaster balances smart pop songs against a confident stage presence, sort of a swagger, that suggest the two people out front are destined for great things...these people are overflowing with musical ideas that simply defy categorization." - The Vinyl Anachronist

“Enchanting and disturbing…Spells + Rituals blends very thoughtful and funny American Gothic imagery with myth-based musical alchemy…there is a great acoustic punk drive to the whole record which matches the potency of the macabre humor. Without the grinning skull inside the loveliness of the tunes, or the dark campy heart inside the weird tales and odes to misery, it wouldn’t all seem so magically in balance and so engaging. And it certainly is!” - Big Takeover Magazine

“Each song is like a spell or ritual…with a little of the deadpan acoustic punk of Jonathan Richman, as well as the arch theatricality of Amanda Palmer.”
- Eugene Weekly 

“Charming Disaster sound like the music that Pugsley and Wednesday Addams might have made after listening to the Decemberists, Squeeze and some Chopin.” - Yes! Weekly

"Mystery infused pop duo Charming Disaster follow in the tradition of goth-rockers like the Cramps, Bauhaus, and Siouxsie & the Banshees." - Spacelab

"Charming Disaster is a bit unusual. Ok, perhaps ‘unusual’ is putting it lightly. Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris, the duo behind the music, revel in the offbeat and uncanny. Since 2012, they have made a name for themselves with literature-inspired songs that meld folklore and mythology with croon-worthy melodies." - Hudson Valley Magazine

“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

“Heavily melodic folk music that is goth as hell.“ - Impose

“On Cautionary Tales, Charming Disaster writes fables for the deconstruction…onstage, the duo has the same understated presence that makes its albums so compelling.” - MAGNET

“Charming Disaster will haunt your heart.” - HashtagWV

“Vertiginous and quirky Gothic Americana…who could soundtrack any gifted odd-child-out’s imagination.” - Kingston Times

"Gothic tongue and cheek narratives...comparable to something Tim Burton and Danny Elfman would have dreamed up." - CITY Newspaper

"Marvelously charming folk-noir...with a flair for lyrical storytelling."
- Popular Pittsburgh

“Charming Disaster capture Victorian gothic creepiness…there’s a bit of Tim Burton gothic whimsy about the video, which finds the duo riding a ferris wheel in their finest goth garb, sticking pins into some bleeding voodoo dolls, and in the most climactic scenes, conjuring the spirits from beyond in a pretty spectacular seance.” - Treble

“Charming Disaster’s impressive 2017 full-length Cautionary Tales plays like Third Wave stylized macabre folk in the same tradition that spawned Joanna Newsom and Andrew Bird a generation before. It moves from cutesy Kurt Weill-inspired dark cabaret to some trashy standard-issue indie guitar-rock, with a great number of chamber-folk settings in between. They do it with a big cabaret wink and a good amount of musical substance. As one would expect, their live shows bring the theater.” - Almanac Weekly

"This Brooklyn-based duo make the sinister sound so sweet, and bring a signature kind of glamour to a cool kind of gloom-pop...they cast a spell akin to the quirky macabre motifs of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton." - Deep Cutz

“Macabre, folk-noir duo Charming Disaster have an appetite for all things grisly and ghoulish…with a whimsical, lighthearted attitude…their performances are known for theatrical panache.” - Seven Days 

"A Brooklyn duo known for Gothic songs of murder and mayhem."
- Brooklyn Paper 

“Richly detailed, creepy art-rock.” - New York Music Daily

“Quirky and fun but with gothic bite.” - Hudson Valley One

“Folk-noir tunes with a cabaret twist.” - C-Ville Weekly

“Darkly comic.” - The Herald Sun

“Absolutely haunting…evokes the feelings of not just a song but an old fashioned radio play.” - If It’s Too Loud 

“A truly excellent story of a song.” - The Mary Sue

"A lyrically and historically rich mix of murder ballads and tales of relationships gone spectacularly wrong." - New York Music Daily (“50 Best Albums of 2015”)

“Playfully macabre." - Cleveland Scene

“Music to die for…these musicians are killing it.” - The Brooklyn Paper

“Haunting melodies and compelling tales of ghosts, killers and con artists.”
- MountainX

"Goth-style folk cabaret act Charming Disaster...draws on dark-hued sources to inform their musical narratives." - Cool Cleveland

“In their murder ballads, they’ve created the perfect balance of fun and frightening storytelling.” - The Ruckus

“Haunting elegance and a vaudevillean sense of humor…sprinkling in an irresistible dash of darkness.” - Southern Gothic Magazine

“It’s almost musical theater!” - Couch by Couchwest Festival

“You know they know spooky.” - Brokelyn

“Their songs are catchy and clever, and each feels like its own tightly-crafted short story stuffed to the gills with sonic seances, tragicomic circus acts, nocturnal murders, and fractured folklore…if you’re like me and you like your love letters burnt at the edges, your tarot twisted, and your horror stories Gorey, then you will love Charming Disaster’s Cautionary Tales.” - Phantasmaphile

“Their dark humor has been compared to that of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton. They’ve been called macabre, ‘folk noir’ with a curiously unthreatening lilt. How do their lyrics inform those of us blithely living in what may well be the beginning of societal deconstruction, the aftermath of all we hold near and dear? And how do their outfits – all those feathers and contrasts in black, white and the occasional yellow or purple – uplift us from our plight?” - Kingston Times

“If you aren’t hooked on this by now, there’s no hope for you.” - New York Music Daily