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The candles are lit, the altar is set, and the bones have been cast. It’s time to summon our new album, SPELLS + RITUALS: eleven songs imbued with magical properties for your musical divination.
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.
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.
Charming Disaster have a penchant for dramatic eyeliner and fashion forward outfits, both nice visual representations of their creative work. The ensemble’s woozy folk-pop plays around the edges of the Gothic and, yes, the ritualistic...songs that are dark in subject matter but performed with a stomping liveliness...They clearly have a sharply-attuned sense of humor to go along with their occasional tarot readings and occult interests. The two sides of their personalities have melded perfectly on their latest album.
Charming Disaster has an affinity for monsters, mortality, paranormal activity and unearthly shenanigans...The songs on Spells + Rituals create a dark, compelling mood, sparked by flashes of wry humor.
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.
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.”
“They don’t just sing foreboding ballads, they’re like Macbeth’s witches’ premonitions.”