Courtly Love are a new brand quintet from East London and are one of those rare musical collectives who appear to have arrived fully formed and armed with clutch of quite wonderful tunes. Based on the evidence we’ve heard so far they produce a gorgeous smouldering psych blues fusion, mixing the dark gutter glamour of the Velvets & Nico (R.I.P. Lou) with the cinematic doomed grandeur of Serge Gainsborough.
Founding members Layla and Johnny Lee, who have been working together on songs for the last year inform us that their main inspirations are Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spacemen 3, The Doors, Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra as well as Bo Diddley. The band line up was completed with the addition of Jules on bass, Jake on drums and Ben on guitar and FX . Johnny tells us that the band’s name means ‘the medieval form of chivalry’ first and foremost, with the play on words with Courtney being a secondary factor, whom we like as well.”
Check out the amazing ‘Mirage’ and ‘Voodoo Girl’ below, and prepare to be smitten.