French-born, Berlin-bred producer Rone creates music that slowly drifts into the unknown and otherworldly, with the scratchy, Aphex Twin-like flecks of glitch and other post-laptop touches gently messing with time and space. Previous work with the Antipop Consortium (the single "Let's Go"), Com Truise (a tour), and the National (soundscapes provided for their album Trouble Will Find Me) can be spiritually linked to this mesmerizing third effort, but Creatures also suggests that this tasteful and informed artist sneaks off to give Coldplay and their ilk a non-flippant listen, gaining inspiration from arena pop's ability to not just float, but soar. As such, "Sir Orfeo" with vocalist Sea Oleena, calmly unfurls into a siren song that's either Cocteau Twins- or Sia-sized, while the off-kilter and kickin' "Freaks" sounds as if Boards of Canada got a gig composing for Pixar as Tim Burton took over the reins of the studio's Toy Story series. Hollywood soundtrack headhunters should jump to the cyber spy thriller "Acid Reflux" with Toshinori Kondo, or the wide open and Western "Elle" featuring Bryce Dessner from the National, while heady folks can check "Quitter La Ville" for something that's close to Klauz Schulze vs. Jacques Brel. Creatures is an album as wonderful as it is unclassifiable, but it is aimed at those who like warmth with their edgy art. Subtitle it "free your mind, and your soul will follow" and then follow through with some sweet surrender.
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AllMusic Review by David Jeffries