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Murder by Death 8/20/12 + Video

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  • Date Recorded: August 20, 2012
  • Artist / Band: Murder by Death
  • Hosting Show: Music at Work
  • Sound: Jon Valley and Kyle Nations
  • Video: Paul Oryem

Filled with Adam Turla's sonorous vocal rumbles and haunting cello strains by Sarah Balliet, Indiana's Murder by Death forgoes Hoosier State earnestness for something dark and deep.

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Formed in Bloomington a dozen years ago, the band blends dark subjects -- death, violence, booze and isolation both emotional and physical -- with glimpses of brightness borrowed from vaudeville and wild west melodrama. That's where their genre-bending begins. Turla's crackly guitar modernizes their sound, giving them a foothold among indie counterparts like Calexico and Iron and Wine.

The recent permanent addition of multi-instrumentalist touring partner Scott Brackett (Okkervil River) promises to add more historical leanings with his penchant for accordion, mandolin and cornet. Despite this old-timey link, the band recently funded vinyl production of their forthcoming sixth album, "Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon," via the most modern method -- Kickstarter.

All photos by Louis Kwok.

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