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Our third album: songs about poison, witches, steampunk, monsters, the end of the world (again), & more! Digital, CD and Vinyl release.
Our third album: songs about poison, witches, steampunk, monsters, the end of the world (again), & more! Digital, CD and Vinyl release.
288 backers pledged $9,733 to help bring this project to life.

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Since releasing our debut album, Love, Crime & Other Trouble in 2015, we've been lucky enough to share our music with people all over the world who enjoy playfully macabre songs inspired by death, true crime, the occult, fairy tales, mythology, and works of literature (you folks are beautiful weirdos, and we love you). 

In 2017, we released our second album, Cautionary Tales. Thanks to the incredible support of our Kickstarter backers, we were able to do it right: we pressed CDs, printed lyric books, commissioned original album artwork from an artist we love, and hired a publicist who helped us tell the world about the beautiful monster we’d created. Now we want to do all of that again -- just like last time, but even better and more. 

“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

We’ve been blown away by the support of you, our listeners and backers. It’s been amazing to connect so much with people through the music we’re making – in person when we tour, and through the aether thanks to the internet and recording technology. We’re honored to inspire your fan art, and we love hearing from you. Your interest and excitement inspires us to keep going, make more songs, and think big. 

SO! We’re excited to announce that our THIRD (!) album is now underway: SPELLS + RITUALS. Over the past year we’ve been using rituals like the Tarot as a way to focus our performances and our practice, and this collection of songs has come out of those rituals. Is it real magic? Are we playing with forces beyond our control? All we know is that it’s too late to turn back now.

This project is well on its feet: we've already almost finished tracking the album, which means we can soon begin mixing it. The other exciting news is that this will be Charming Disaster’s FIRST VINYL RELEASE. That’s right: in addition to CD and download versions of this album, it will also be available as a gorgeous 12-inch vinyl LP! 

Recording SPELLS + RITUALS
Recording SPELLS + RITUALS

SPELLS + RITUALS includes songs about:

  • Poisons and antidotes*
  • Witches and monsters 
  • The Devil (so misunderstood) 
  • Steampunk adventures 
  • Circus acts 
  • Secret societies 
  • The end of the world (again) 
  • And more! 

*just kidding, there is no antidote.

We're launching this Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the album production and release. Crowdfunding our production costs in advance means that we’ll be able to launch the album into the world properly, and future sales will go toward bigger & better projects (like album #4, and world domination). 

Our budget includes: 

  • Recording and mixing with Don Godwin, the amazing engineer who produced Love, Crime & Other Trouble and Cautionary Tales 
  • Paying the guest musicians we’ve kidnapped for this purpose 
  • Professional mastering 
  • Digital distribution to Apple Music, Spotify, and all the other places 
  • Physical production of CDs, lyric books, and vinyl LPs 
  • Commissioning original artwork

If we exceed our funding goal, additional amounts will help pay for other project-related expenses like: 

  • Music video production 
  • Hiring a publicist to assist with album release promotion 
  • Support for West Coast, UK, or European touring
  • Other weird projects we cook up!

We've come up with some fun ways for you to pre-order SPELLS + RITUALS and for us to express our appreciation for your support -- check out the mesmerizing array of rewards we've concocted for you. Thank you so much for being out there listening, and thanks in advance for helping us summon SPELLS + RITUALS onto this earthly plane! We think it will enchant you. Just wait and see. 

Love, 

Ellia & Jeff 
Charming Disaster 

Special thanks to Charles Schneider, Sue-Ellen Stroum, and Brock Storresen for the video footage, and Florence Montmare for our portrait image!

New Reward Update (8/24/18): 

To launch week 2 of our Kickstarter, we're excited to announce a BRAND NEW REWARD! Behold: a set of Tarot card–inspired art prints based on our songs, featuring new original artwork by artists Carolyn Raship, Dame Darcy, and Logan Riley. Aren't they gorgeous?

This Tarot art comes as a set of three 8.5 x 11" prints and is included in the new Tarot Art packages (CD or vinyl), which also include everything in the Sartorial Splendor packages.

Q: What if I am a disembodied spirit who doesn't want a T-shirt, but I do want to feast my noncorporeal eyes on the Tarot art prints? Is there anything that can be done?

A: Yes indeed! If you've pledged at the standalone CD or LP level, or at one of the Deluxe package levels (CD or LP + lyrics book), you can obtain this set of Tarot prints as an add-on item. You can do this by clicking the "Manage My Pledge" button at the top of our campaign page. Just add $22 to your pledge if you're in the U.S. ($23 for Canada, $26 for everywhere else), and we will add the Tarot art prints to your rewards.

Q: What if I have already pledged at one of the Sartorial Splendor levels and still long for T-shirt, but now I want this delectable artwork as well?

A: Not a problem! You can increase your pledge and change your reward level to the appropriate Tarot Art package (it's $20 more, plus shipping which depends on where we're sending your reward).

We are so grateful for your support! Please keep on sharing this project on your social medias so that everyone who likes songs about steampunk, witches, the devil, and the end of the world can learn about SPELLS + RITUALS.

Thank you!!! Ellia & Jeff Charming Disaster

Stretch Goals Update

Thank you everybody! We've reached our goal! Now what?

We wanted to offer every backer some cool bonuses if we reach these stretch goals:

$8,500: Every backer gets a brand new, unreleased single produced and mixed by the amazing Don Godwin. "But what's it about?" you ask? Well, it's a holiday song that may or may not involve human sacrifice–fun for the whole family.

$10,000: Every backer gets three Charming Disaster Tarot cards! We will turn our song inspired tarot artwork of Dame Darcy, Carolyn Raship and Logan Riley into actual tarot cards that you can hold in your hands! Think of it as a special expansion pack you can add to your own tarot deck for those especially disastrous readings.

The future looks...interesting.
The future looks...interesting.

How will we use this extra money? We'll use it on the things that two musicians bent on world domination could use, like: music video production, hiring a publicist for our album release, tour support for the West Coast, UK or Europe, and other crazy schemes!

We're super excited about these bonus items and can't wait to share them with you, please continue to share our campaign with your friends and enemies to help get us there.

XOXO Jeff & Ellia

Risks and challenges

Risks & challenges include: poison, sabotage, brain fever, ancient curses, poltergeists, conniving enemies, convincing doppelgangers, industrial espionage, and ennui. Luckily, we are prepared for all of these eventualities.

Terrestrial problems could include: production delays, equipment failures, ghosts in the machine, ground hum, leg jitters. But we've made records before, with your help, and this one is well on its way. We're fully committed to making this album and nothing could stop us now. Our last Kickstarter campaign was funded and completely fulfilled. What we're trying to say is, EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE. Trust us.

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    A Spell

    A single track from the new album!

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    A Ritual

    A mystery postcard, mailed by us to you or the person of your choosing, AND a single track from the new album!

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    "Spells + Rituals" Album Download

    A digital download of the new album, from us to you through the aether, like an astral projection!

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    "Spells + Rituals" CD

    a corporeal version of the new album that exists on the physical plane in Compact Disc format!

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    "Spells + Rituals" Vinyl LP

    A 12" vinyl LP of the new album for your turntable! Includes a download.

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    Spells + Rituals Digital Deluxe Package

    A digital download of the new album & a lyrics e-book for your non-corporeal convenience!

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    "Spells + Rituals" CD Deluxe Package

    Physical objects to enhance your earthly existence: a CD AND a printed lyrics book AND an autographed photo print! Includes digital download and ebook too.

    Includes:
    • "Spells + Rituals" CD
    • "Spells + Rituals" album download
    • "Spells + Rituals" lyrics book
    • "Spells + Rituals" lyrics ebook
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    "Spells + Rituals" Vinyl Deluxe Package

    The new album on vinyl, PLUS printed lyrics book and autographed photo print! Includes digital download and ebook.

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    • "Spells + Rituals" lyrics book
    • "Spells + Rituals" album download
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    Digital Super Deluxe Package

    A digital download of the new album, a lyrics e-book, AND the entire Charming Disaster back catalog (2 full-length albums + 4 singles).

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    Sartorial Splendor CD Package

    A handsome Charming Disaster T-shirt featuring a mesmerizing design! A printed lyrics book & a CD! An autographed print! Also includes digital versions.

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    • "Spells + Rituals" CD
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    Sartorial Splendor Vinyl Package

    A handsome Charming Disaster T-shirt featuring a mesmerizing design! A Vinyl LP and a printed lyrics book! An autographed print! Also includes digital versions.

    Includes:
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    • "Spells + Rituals" vinyl LP
    • "Spells + Rituals" lyrics book
    • "Spells + Rituals" lyrics ebook
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    Tarot Art CD Package

    Three 8.5 x 11" prints of Tarot card artwork inspired by our songs, created by artists Dame Darcy, Logan Riley, and Carolyn Raship! A handsome Charming Disaster T-shirt featuring a mesmerizing design! A printed lyrics book & a CD! An autographed print! Also includes digital versions.

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    • "Spells + Rituals" album download
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    Tarot Art Vinyl Package

    Three 8.5 x 11" prints of Tarot card artwork inspired by our songs, created by artists Dame Darcy, Logan Riley, and Carolyn Raship! A handsome Charming Disaster T-shirt featuring a mesmerizing design! A printed lyrics book & a vinyl LP! An autographed print! Also includes digital versions.

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    • "Spells + Rituals" lyrics book
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    Name Drop Package

    We will incorporate your name/alias (or the name/alias of any person you choose) into the script of our next PSA video. Is there any better way to impress your friends, increase your fame, or honor your beloved? There is not. Includes all items in Digital Deluxe package.

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    Your Name In Lights Package

    We will display your name/alias (or the name/alias of any person you choose) in print in our next music or PSA video. It's like product placement, but you're the product. Includes all items in Digital Deluxe package.

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    Psst: Your Very Own ASMR Video Package

    (We will make a whispery ASMR video just for you, if you're into that. You can request specific words or sounds you'd like us to include. Will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, in a good way. Includes all items in Digital Deluxe Package.)

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    Your Name in the Credits Package

    We'll include your name/alias in the credits of the lyrics book and the vinyl LP! Includes all items in your choice of Sartorial Splendor packages (vinyl or CD plus lyrics book and t-shirt).

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    • Your choice of CD or vinyl LP
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    Super Video + Merch Package

    Your choice of Name Drop, Your Name in Lights, or ASMR video packages, PLUS your choice of Sartorial Splendor packages (vinyl or CD plus lyrics book and t-shirt).

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    • Charming Disaster T-shirt
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    YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS (ALL CAPS!)

    Exactly like the Your Name in the Credits Package, but with your name in ALL CAPS! We'll include your name/alias in the credits of the lyrics book and the vinyl LP. Includes all items in your choice of Sartorial Splendor packages (vinyl or CD plus lyrics book and t-shirt).

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    • Your choice of CD or vinyl LP
    • "Spells + Rituals" lyrics book
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    Private House Concert (U.S. East Coast)

    We will come over and play a house concert for you and your friends in your living room, secret lair, family crypt, or other location!* You get all the other swag too. Date to be determined together, ideally sometime between fall 2018 and spring 2019.

    *Please note this pledge level applies to Northeast U.S. locations only! If you have questions or would like to discuss other potential locations, drop us a line and we'll talk: secretary@charmingdisaster.com

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    Custom Charming Disaster Song

    We will write a song just for you, based on the subject of your choosing, and send you a recording of it! And you get all the other swag too, of course.

    Includes:
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    • "Spells + Rituals" album download
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Funding period

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