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Having won the heavy hearts and minds of indie rock's cognoscenti with their 2009 debut, The Fool, the L.A. quartet Warpaint set their sites higher on this self-titled follow-up. Here, they enlist veteran producer Flood (U2, PJ Harvey) to help them beef up their sensual and spooky postpunk. The band decamped to Joshua Tree to write the album, and the eerie desolation of the California desert haunts the tracks accordingly. The serpentine "Keep It Healthy" features fidgety guitar riffs atop the group's lockstep rhythm section of bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg and drummer Stella Mozgawa, while "Teese" layers Emily Kokal's hushed vocals over a creeping beat and atmospheric synths. The single "Love Is to Die" is a gauzy midtempo song with a persistent beat, over which Kokal incants a subtly catchy hook: "Love is to die/Love is to not die/Love is to dance."

Customer Reviews

Wow!

This is what I thought they were capable of all along. Flood works wonders here. Great writing, actual songs. Really digging on this. Indie haters won't like it because they're gonna be big and no longer their "private" little band. First album of theirs I actually bought.

heck ye

Drive is awesome, the album as a whole is alright

I love this band, they have some of the most mysterious lyrics./ its like they aren’t that poetic but somehow perfect.

if you are new to them,

check out the songs beetles, billie holiday, majesty, baby lissie’s heart murmur

Worst album

Too much reverb and delay on voice and too slow doesn't sound like there having fun I bet Stella hated this album cause she couldn't display her skills there trying to hard to sound trippy, but i am a big fan of their first two classic albums I'm just not one of those people who lie to themselves cause they think they have to love it

Biography

Formed: 2004 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A Los Angeles quartet dealing in sparse, atmospheric art rock, Warpaint originally consisted of sisters Jenny Lee Lindberg and Shannyn Sossamon (on bass and drums, respectively), as well as Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman on vocal and guitar. Sossamon left due to conflicts with her acting schedule and was replaced by Stella Mozgawa. With a dedicated lineup, the band began to experiment with murky spaciousness and stripped-down arrangements, and gained the attention of former Red Hot Chili Peppers...
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