Charming Disaster’s New Single Exploration Alchemical Metamorphosis

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Macabre musical duo Charming Disaster’s creative vision is fueled by occult fascinations, from Tarot divinations to ancient myths to the spells and rituals that gave their last album its title. Their latest single, “Ouroboros,” explores the mysteries of transformation through alchemical metamorphosis: who will you become?

The ouroboros is the mythological snake that swallows its tail, evoking infinity, eternal return, cycles of reinvention, and rebirth. Charming Disaster’s new release is inspired by esoteric and mystic arts, by the wonders of the natural world, and by the bravery of those who risk everything to become their true selves.

“Ouroboros” releases on all digital platforms on March 5. 

About Charming Disaster:

Brooklyn-based goth-folk duo Charming Disaster was 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, using two voices to explore dark narratives and characters with a playfully dark sensibility.

In their critically acclaimed albums Love, Crime & Other Trouble (2015), Cautionary Tales (2017), and SPELLS + RITUALS (2019), Charming Disaster has explored love, death, crime, folklore and fairy tales, mythology, works of literature, and the occult.

Charming Disaster’s music has been featured on the spooky hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, they have toured with legendary cello-rock ensemble Rasputina, and their theatrical, entertaining live performances have captivated audiences across the United States. They have played festivals, bars and clubs, museums and art galleries, bookstores and libraries, and the occasional historic cemetery. They have appeared alongside storytellers, comedians, fire eaters, puppets, burlesque artists, poets, and circus performers. Recent live appearances include Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater in NYC, Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery, the Rochester Fringe Festival, and the Coney Island Sideshow stage.

Unable to tour behind new releases because of the COVID pandemic, since March 2020 Charming Disaster has produced a weekly online performance series, the Quarantine Livestream, combining live virtual concerts with offbeat discussions of their strange obsessions—like Pee Wee’s Playhouse brought to you by the Addams Family, with music. The donation-based series streams on Facebook and YouTube every Friday night at 8pm EST.

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“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.” – Paste




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Charming Disaster at Joe’s Pub, August 22, 2019 (c) John Huntington

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