One of my favorite things about March are all of the RPM challenge albums that start popping up in the first half of the month. The first is from Death and The Poetess, aka Blake Girndt (The I Want You, Walter Sickert & The Army of Toys) and Jojo Lazar (Burlesque Poetess, Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys). The duo just released their first offering, On Ghoulie Isle. They describe their music as "crypt-folk," but it's much more fun than gloomy. As you would expect from... well... everything about this project, it's quite odd. The album is quite bare bones, with the only instruments credited as being used are a classical guitar, ukulele, flute, and a "tiny 1990's yamaha keyboard." As fun as it is, there is, of course, a dark feel, especially in a song like "Split the Lark." As their Bandcamp describes the album: "It's as though the crypt-folk mourning-wear fancying duo was dropped on a Coney Island-esque boardwalk in the Interwar Period last century, armed with nothing but their instruments, some parasols, and a copy of Emily Dickinson's poetry. Vaudevillian busking-tunes ensues."
You can listen to "Necropolis By the Sea" below. On Ghoulie Isle, the debut album from Death and The Poetess, is available now for the "name your price" option on Bandcamp. If you do download for free, be sure to follow them on Facebook.
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