Murder By Death – No Oath, No Spell
Let’s be clear: I love the addition of string instruments to otherwise pop, rock or folk tunes. There is more depth, more mystery and that is particularly true of Murder By Death and No Oath, No Spell from the September 2012 long-player Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon. In this stripped down performance featuring only band mates Adam Turla (guitar) and Sarah Balliet (cello) you get a taste of that richness, sans Matt Armstrong (bass), Dagan Thogerson (percussion) and multi-instrumentalist Scott Brackett. Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon was crowd funded on Kickstarter and did very well, nearly doubling the desired $100,000 in their one month funding time period.