London three piece Creatures of Love make dark, edgy pop music laced with an ambience of whispered darkness and near operatic female vocals. Listen to their songs and you’ll find mysterious textural sounds and a sense of haunting warlike vastness – a British cousin of Zola Jesus perhaps? They occupy the same claustrophobic and cinematic musical space. Formed in Kentish Town, London in 2009 the group consist of Bonita Mckinney, Chris Willsher and Ben Gardner. It wouldn’t surprise us if when they aren’t making their doomy transcendent music they are practicing witchcraft somewhere – maybe conjuring another seismic tune of spellbound perfection.
Having released an EP, some tracks of which are available for free from the bands Myspace, they are now gearing up for a number of dates in London, including a support slot with The Joy Formidable at the Borderline on the 29 January. The gig has already sold out though, so if you are London based your other opportunities to see the band are at the Bullet Bar on the 26 January and then the Macbeth on the 11 March. Their stand out track so far is Barbitos (which may be a future single) - a mix of shadowy guitar flicks, ominous creepy synths and Bonita’s authoritative vocal which gradually grows into a cacophony of fractured majesty. Listen to it below and fall under their spell.
Barbitos (Demo) by creaturesoflove