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Warpaint
Warpaint Mof Gimmers , January 16th, 2014 12:43

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Mixing 60s wall-of-sound baroque pop, shoegaze otherworldliness, Sub Pop slackerdom, garage pyschedelia, R&B hookiness and ketamine hip-hop, each Warpaint release to date has been blessed with a quiet confidence. Talking to The Guardian, Theresa Wayman said of the new long player Warpaint that this time around “We leant towards things we thought were sexier.” Warpaint have always been sexy though. There's been an irresistible twilight, road movie grind to their music, all half-asleep grooves and stoned humping. It isn't something this band has ever been afraid of, but in Warpaint, they've mastered the mid-tempo come-on, being to indie rock what Aaliyah was to R&B.

Sonically, many of the songs exude an intense, intoxicated arousal, with lip-fattening blood rushes, grotty cinematic witching-hour horniness and David Lynchian daydream fucks. It sounds a bit far-fetched, but in an age when guitar-based music has become almost entirely devoid of libido, Warpaint have given everyone a timely reminder that rock & roll's lifeblood is in the groin and, even if you're not talking about sex (or the lack of it), the music should be carnal, as so effectively captured by PJ Harvey or Nine Inch Nails.

Warpaint's seductive grooves are what have won them fans outside the indie universe. The RZA has championed their rhythm section while Justin Timberlake swooned about how they sound like “giant, tingling swigs of scotch in a dark corner.” With the legendary Flood at the mixing desk, and Jenny Lee's husband Chris Cunningham documenting their time recording in The Joshua Tree, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Warpaint are on the brink of U2 pomposity. However, with the hype, the band have stepped back, become more distant (you won't find them having publicity beefs with other bands on Twitter) and started to edge toward a medicated funk of bands like The Electric Prunes, The Charlatans (the American ones) and Cocteau Twins, coupled with the clicky, woozy rhythms of Kendrick Lamar or Ciara. Yet disparate as their influences may be, 'Warpaint' is four women working as one heart.

In tracks like 'Biggy' and 'Teese', are heard the echoes of Ciara's 'Body Party' or Jhene Aiko's dreamier work, while in 'Disco/Very' and 'Love Is To Die', they beef things up, still in the k-hole, but with a more mechanical funk. From the Boards of Canada-ish 'Intro' right through to the mangled delta-balladry of 'Go In' to the digital soul of 'Drive', This is a record spun with a rich synthetic ambience, resulting in a curious mixture of the pleasant and uneasy.

If Warpaint aren't careful, they're going to end up with fans more evangelical than The Smiths, and they probably deserve such love - for here they've mastered the record-collector's slow jam.

Carpathian
Jan 17, 2014 8:39am

Have been looking forward to this one a lot, especially after such a cracking "Love Is To Die" to lead in to it, and this has just increased the want. Blind buy on Monday for sure.

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Stavros P. Leibowitz
Jan 17, 2014 11:31am

I'm sorry. I've really tried to like Warpaint. Honestly, I have. But I just can't escape the feeling that ultimately this is some pretty tedious music, lacking in hooks, decent lyrics or anything that makes for a good album. It seems to me that these days all you need to get your music noticed, no matter how tedious, is to have the right connections. Talent, on the other hand, can go take a back seat.

I daresay I'd enjoy Warpaint a lot more if I was into heroin or really heavy downers but in the cold light of day, this has the same effect as those narcotics.

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Steven S
Jan 17, 2014 12:45pm

Justin Timberlake did not say anything about “giant, tingling swigs of scotch in a dark corner” you pillock. Sure those words appear on his website (http://justintimberlake.com/news/2010/new_band_watch_las_warpaint_rocks/) but it should be bloody obvious that Justin isn't personally writing the articles on there! Unless he exclusively talks about himself in the third person.

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Moonee Ponds
Jan 20, 2014 10:56am

Warpaint, a reasonably attractive bunch of young women who play guitars, consistently secure positive reviews from the lonely, attention-seeking, bearded, & frequently unsanitary genus of manhood that writes about music for a living - why is that, I wonder?

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Michael E.
Jan 20, 2014 4:52pm

Retro-moody sleeping pills

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Gary Jennings
Jan 20, 2014 5:13pm

the songs I've heard off this were really fucking awful.

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Jan 21, 2014 10:41am

Awful American indie must die.

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Andri
Jan 22, 2014 4:04am

In reply to Moonee Ponds:

I dunno, plenty of my lady friends are into them, so your comment dont hold water.

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SY
Jan 22, 2014 11:48am

The album covers all bases from OK, to boring to extremely irritatating. But at least they're good looking so they're doing something right to justify all the attention and hype.

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Fashionbot2k
Jan 24, 2014 7:16am

Let me guess, they wear ankle boots. So edgy. Zzzzz.

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David
Jan 27, 2014 12:32pm

The first half of this album isn't bad. I thought I'd finally got what the fuss was about. But my god, it tails off SO badly after that. Wafer-thin stoner jams do not make good enough album tracks, gals. Depressing to see how easy the music press go on on something as half-cocked as this.

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C
Jan 27, 2014 8:53pm

In reply to Moonee Ponds:

It couldn't possibly be because of the quality of their music, could it? Nope, must be because they're pretty. UGH.

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Moonee Ponds
Jan 28, 2014 10:57am

In reply to Andri:

I was explicitly addressing male music journalists in my previous comment, which you might've noticed if you'd read it properly before replying.

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Moonee Ponds
Jan 28, 2014 11:01am

In reply to C:

UGH, indeed. Warpaint are crap. And as I'm female (I just checked) I'm apparently allowed to say that without repercussion, if the above comments are anything to go by.

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Jan 29, 2014 1:00am

In reply to Moonee Ponds:

If you think they're crap then you're entitled to your opinion - but if you're going to tout around the idea that their looks are the sole reason other people don't share your opinion, then as a fellow female I'm apparently allowed to call you on your bullshit.

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Moonee Ponds
Jan 29, 2014 8:31pm

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I guess you must be one of those ugly music snobs (m/f) I was referring too then?

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C
Jan 30, 2014 11:53am

In reply to Moonee Ponds:

L.O.L ok if you wish. Well it's been real but I'll leave you to the internalized misogyny you mistake for 'biting cynicism' and keep you in my ~thoughts and prayers~ <3>

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Howard The Duck
Feb 1, 2014 10:22pm

In reply to C:

Be a dear & pray for Warpaint instead, they could do with a leg-up by the sounds of it.

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