The Los Angeles, CA-based duo of Holiday J (bass) and Nicole Turley (drums) formed Amoureux after bonding over their pasts as dancers; and in some way, their pasts as dancers suggests that they have an intimate understanding rhythm and movement.
Writing all of their material of their debut EP, Never Young As Tonight on the instruments they know and are close to their hearts, the members of Amoureux decided on what may be an unconventional approach in the age of fussy overproduction — they recorded the material on the EP in one take, excluding some vocals, with the idea that they were actively attempting to impart what naturally came to them; in other words, they wanted to capture both the beauty and the cracks rippling just beneath the surface. And in some way, that approach gives the material a rough hewn, improvisational jazz like feel, as though the sketches and ideas were fleshed out on the fly and at that very moment.
“Lost the Plot,”the latest single and video off the EP is a slow burning and moodily atmospheric track that is reminiscent of Joy Division — in particular, I think of “She’s Lost Control Again” and of “Heart and Soul.”
The official video manages to be both hauntingly beautiful and kind of surreal as it follows two very expressionistic dancers dance about an extremely modern, suburban house with a pool. But it also manages to capture the song’s brooding beauty perfectly.
Although some have compared the band’s sound to the likes of the Talking Heads, I find that comparison to be a bit off — lyrically and sonically, Amoureux’s material doesn’t strike me as being on the verge of a nervous breakdown; in fact, the Los Angeles, CA-based duo’s sound strikes me as possessing a swooning hedonism.