by Charming Disaster

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“Hypnotic, wickedly enchanting...poisonous.”

“Blacksnake” is the secret title track of Charming Disaster's third album, SPELLS + RITUALS. It describes two powerful figures making efforts to protect themselves from each other using magic spells...or two musicians playing music together in a ritualistic way. Are they fighting for dominance or making a secret pact? Who will survive? Is it inspired by true events? Is it just a fever dream?


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My blacksnake and my donkey keep the predators at bay
The coyotes and the copperheads stay well enough away
The power that protects me is a circle made of salt
But when you come to get me I won’t feel a thing at all
The vultures that surround me ride the thermals up on high
Yeah ever since you found me I’m afraid that I might die

The scarab on my pillow whispers vespers as I sleep
You saved me from the sparrows now my soul is yours to keep
Come morning we awaken to a garnet colored sky
The mirror cracked and broken making exes of my eyes
Can't turn away the darkness so instead I hold you tight
Yeah ever since you found me I’m afraid that I might die

Light the fire
Sing the song
Hit the high hat
Kick the drum
Secret language
On the tongue
Something wicked
This way comes

There’s a light without any heat
It shines just for me my love
Shines just for me
There’s a night without a moon
It comes just for you my love
Comes just for you

Heat haze on the highway there’s a shimmer in the air
Out on the horizon there’s a figure standing there
Strange hallucinations as the sky is growing thin
From the corners of my vision see the shadows closing in
Is it just sleep deprivation or the ergot on the rye
Yeah ever since you found me I’m afraid that I might die


released May 24, 2019
“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 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
releases June 7, 2019

Ellia Bisker: vocals, ukulele, piano, music box, glass jars, percussion
Jeff Morris: vocals, guitar, piano, ratchet set, canned air, percussion
Emily Geller: hand claps
Don Godwin: bass, drums, horns, backing vocals, percussion
Heather Cole: violin
Jessie Kilguss: harmonium
Patricia Santos: cello

Written and composed by Ellia Bisker & Jeff Morris.

Engineered & mixed by Don Godwin and mastered by Randy LeRoy at Tonal Park in Takoma Park, MD. Co-produced by Charming Disaster and Don Godwin.

Illustration by Magda Boreysza. Graphic design by Jeff Morris.

Special thanks: Teresa Toro & Rolf Carle, Steve Ziger & Jamie Snead, Johny Weber, Corin Lines, Dame Darcy, Carolyn Stewart, Logan Riley

© 2019 Sweet Soubrette Songs / Klip Klap Music (ASCAP)


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Charming Disaster Brooklyn, New York

Charming Disaster is a musical duo based in Brooklyn, NY, formed in 2012 by Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris. Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir storytelling of Raymond Chandler, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret, they write songs that tell stories about love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the paranormal. ... more


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