L.A. based industrial art rock group, lovelesslust, released a retelling of their previous work. And Her Actions Failed to Matter, is a collection of remixes from their 2016 release, The Car Crash that Ended Her Life Came as no Surprise. Unlike some other forms of media, you do not need to fully understand the first in order to appreciate the second.
lovelesslust is a contradiction. As two words (“loveless lust”), it means the opposite of it as three words (love, less lust”). The battle of primal urges against intellectual reasoning. Harmony and noise. Black and white. (lovelesslust Bio)
The first retelling comes in the form of “AntiYouth” remixed by Chris Corner of IAMX. Oddly enough, he’s the entire reason I originally jumped at this assignment. My first bit of research into the group took me straight to the original version of AntiYouth on YouTube. Roughly a minute into listening, I thought to myself, “This has a Chris Corner vibe, lets do it.” Boom, called it. Corner gives a new dimension, a brightness to Johnathan Cooper’s original vision. Cooper is the creator, programmer and vocalist behind lovelesslust, with band members, Dana Wells (guitar/bass) and Anders LaSource (drums).
“Heaven’s Black and White” is not only remixed by Sliknik but features Christian Eigner, drummer for Depeche Mode. The track moves at a more brisk pace but doesn’t detract from the simple lyricism. Understated but classic, drum samples are mixed into the stretched out, new version. Regrettably, the beautiful guitar piece from the original was removed.
“Lowlife Novelties” remixed by Aesthetic Perfection, gets cleaned up and streamlined with a more electronic focus. Lastly, “Pristine” is born again by Jay Gordon of Orgy. The track loses some of the grit of the original intro. Gordon’s retelling is synth heavy with industrial tones. You’re so pristine, with your glow sticks and candy necklaces. Put this song on and just drift.
Johnathan Cooper was onto something by allowing other artists to take his creations and make them into their own. What is art, if not an ever evolving version of an original vision? Check out And Her Actions Failed to Matter, self released, September 19th.