12 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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."

EDITORS’ NOTES

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."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
150 Ratings
150 Ratings
rmaric

Beautiful sophomoric release

Warpaint's eponymous album is ethereal, but at the same time a bit strident in some areas. It's very "classic" Warpaint, but takes on new energy and explores new territory(heavy use of synths/drum machine this time). The songs segue beautifully into one another to create a kind of masterpiece. Warpaint has really bloomed.

{DONATELLA}

Cool Jamz :)

Such spooky, ethereal vocals! Extremely refreshing to listen to, recommend it for a rainy day in the car especially

pdoghb

Beautiful album

Grounbreaking. This album sounds modern & the girls musical talent shines through.

About Warpaint

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 guitarist John Frusciante. In 2009, they self-released their debut EP, Exquisite Corpse (which was mixed by Frusciante). After a successful showing at CMJ, they signed with Rough Trade and set to work recording their full-length debut for the label. The Fool arrived in October 2010, featuring more fleshed-out songcraft and stronger performances. After taking a few years to follow up their debut and citing their desire to experiment more with sounds and really connect as a group, the band released the lead single "Love Is to Die," which was featured in a Calvin Klein advert in September 2013. Their eponymous sophomore album, which was produced by Flood and mixed by him and Nigel Godrich, was released in early 2014. Following the album's release, Warpaint spent almost a year-and-a-half on the road. After the tour finished, the women of Warpaint pursued different projects: Jenny Lee Lindberg issued her solo debut Right On!; Theresa Wayman founded BOSS with Hot Chip's Sarah Jones and All We Are's Guro Gikling; Stella Mozgawa played with Kurt Vile on tour and in the studio, and Emily Kokal collaborated with Paul Bergmann. The band reunited in January 2016 and recorded their third album in a matter of months. Released that September, Heads Up brought a newfound urgency -- as well as inspirations such as Kendrick Lamar, Janet Jackson, Björk, and OutKast -- to Warpaint's music ~ Gregory Heaney

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
FORMED
2004

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