Thursday, February 27, 2014

Album Review: Warpaint- Warpaint

***and1/2 out of *****
The LA quartet's second full length begins with a false start on “Intro” before diving into a swirling cauldron of nebulous light rock that floats on the edges of perception. The self titled disk plays long as the band meanders about keeping listeners at a distance but engaging just enough to make things interesting.

There is an overriding ambiance and texture to the disk that links things together and moves Warpaint into more experimental fields then 2010’s excellent The Fool. The mix between icy cool and warmth is an interesting one as the band plays with wispy singing, guitars and off kilter sounds to produce an eerie vibe while letting the warm bass and drums envelope the listener. This pairing of distant melody and reassuring rhythm is a nifty trick that this experienced band pulls off.  

“Love Is To Die” starts angular before becoming groovy as Emily Kokal delivers breathy vocals. “Biggy” runs close to six minutes building off of a main keyboard riff while “Disco//Very” lives up to it’s name. Jenny Lee Lindberg’s bass is the focal point of a lot of the music here, but really shines on “Hi”. Warpaint nail that constantly present dreamlike quality on “Go In” while “Drive” pulses along. “Teese” mixes up the instrumentation bringing in an acoustic flair before disk closer “Son” plays with some pianos.

The cover art on Warpaint has the individual members photo’s layered over each other, you can see through all, yet see nothing clearly. This aesthetic carries over to the groups songs; surreal and surrounding.
Interesting album from the ladies, we liked their first as well and are always curious when a band self-titles an album that isn't their first release.

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