First Listen: Warpaint, ‘Warpaint’


The band will release their forthcoming new album ‘Warpaint’ on January 20, 2014. The album is streaming one week prior to release ‘Biggy’ and ‘Love Is To Die’, both of which have been revealed prior to the release of the album, feature on the record.

Warpaint’ is the follow-up to the US band’s 2010 album ‘The Fool’, and was self-produced along with producer Flood (PJ Harvey, Sigur Ros), and mixed by Flood and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead).Meanwhile, Warpaint will play an album release gig at London’s Electrowerkz on January 22 before their full UK tour kicks off the next day at Brighton Dome.Warpaint is a smoky, spidery and delicate album, yet it’s also muscular, tight and intensely emotive. It teases out the band’s post-punk and dream-pop sensibilities with understated guitars and shadowy electronics, yet it also plays with hip-hop rhythms, as on the cutely-titled Hi, and jarring, calculated key-changes, as on lead single Love Is To Die.

Warpaint – Love Is To Die (Official Audio)

Warpaint – Biggy (Official Audio)

The band’s centrepiece is Australian-born drummer Stella Mozgawa, whose talents are often placed atop the mix, distancing her from the rest of the band, most notably on Intro and Feeling Alright. When she is placed at the very bottom, it’s to support some subtler, acoustic work, like Teese and Drive.

The album boasts plenty of notables. There’s master-producer/mixer Mark Ellis aka Flood, best known for his work with PJ Harvey and New Order, and co-mixer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Atoms For Peace, Ultraísta). There’s also Warpaint guitarist Jenny Lee Lindberg‘s filmmaker husband Chris Cunningham, known for his IDM video art, who contributed a forthcoming documentary detailing the album’s genesis, complete with a remix of the album as its soundtrack.

Warpaint’s self-titled full-length is a deserving canvas for these more-than-capable hands. It’s a nuanced record about love, mortality, sleep, confusion and certainty, showcasing a maturing band, but one that is yet to reach the height of its powers.

Warpaint’s self-titled sophomore album is slated for release this Friday, 17th January.

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