Dutch new wave duo Pol have premiere their new single “L’Amour Fait Mal“ and its accompanying video.
The track is taken from their highly-anticipated self-titled debut EP, out today, August 25. Buy it here.
While writing the EP, the brothers, made up of model/musician siblings Ruben and Matthijs, took inspiration from their own personal experiences and self-exploration, examining personal challenges such as dealing with toxic masculinity and finding their place in the world, as well as the complex web of relationships with the people around them.
The EP also sees Pol weave elements of post-punk and glam rock to create a compelling compesitions unique to them. They explain:
“Many of the songs carry deeper personal meanings beyond their initial simplicity. This emotional journey has been both heavy and rewarding, as we refused to settle for anything less than our best (with our current capabilities).”
Lead single “L’Amour Fait Mal” exemplifies this sound, crafting a rich analogue soundscape of textured synth lines and driving drum beats that sit behind a characteristically wistful vocal performance that ties the track together. Pol states:
“’L’Amour Fait Mal’ is a harmonious blend of upbeat energy and poignant melancholy, encapsulating the essence of a new-wave love song.”
Beyond music, the two brothers channel forms of expression from their work in the high-fashion industry, modelling for various fashion houses, such as Saint Laurent, Gucci, Fendi, Valentino, Dior, to name a few. As Well as producing music for some.
Inspired by artists like Visage, The Cure, Japan, New Order, Depeche Mode, and Duran Duran, Ruben and Matthijs started writing and producing music that fully connects with this artistic period in time.
Pol EP Tracklist: