While it's easy to find enough Christmas albums that you could listen to nothing else the year round, finding Halloween music is a little more challenging. Sure you've got Bobby "Borris" Pickett's Monster Mash and Michael Jackson's Thriller but that's about where the short list ends. That being said, I've found an album that is appropriately dark and magical to help fill the void for you this year: The Snow Magic, the debut album from the aptly named Dark Dark Dark.
The band's sound pulls heavily from Eastern European music, giving you the feeling you're sitting in a gypsy camp late at night around a fire in the middle of a ring of wagons with musicians careening around while the fortune telling woman stares at your palm. While sharing that Balkan feeling that has appeared in various other bands, this dose feels a little more dusty, as if rescued from the past. Looking at some of the song titles will clue you into the haunting elements which lace themselves throughout: Ashes, Dig a Grave, Ferment in Dm, Junk Bones, A Spell for Letting Go.
While not scary in a Friday the 13th sort of way, the album's eeriness carries you into another world. Enjoy the following (in a dark sort of way) and pick up the rest for the holiday.