Invigorating from the start and engaging throughout, Warpaint’s latest four-piece album from Los Angeles is full of surprises.
EXAM: A new Warpaint disc is always exciting. because you know it will surprise.
Formed in Los Angeles in 2004, the four rockpocalypse riders didn’t release a record until 2010’s The Fool, which featured Undertow – an underdog anthem so perfect, messy and haunting it remains a timeless wonder.
Their finest achievement is arguably 2014’s self-titled album (featuring songs like Love Is To Die, Disco//Very and Keep It Healthy), but each record holds its own unique power and they enjoy a reputation for quality. , no quantity. We haven’t heard from them since 2016, which was obviously 100 years ago.
Invigorating from the start and engaging throughout, Radiate Like This starts out on the right foot with Champion, who weaves trademark tight vocals with a minimal, woozy house beat and complementary coasting guitar.
It then gets hectic, as chaotic drumming duels clash with slightly maniacal guitars on hypnotic hips, which don’t give in to the sweetness until its last 30 seconds, relieving the seconds. It’s wild (you tell me what that creepy sound is at 1.12, because I don’t know), but quite restrained and controlled.
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A song that immediately stood out and an early fan favorite, Stevie quietly gushes from the speakers. A gorgeous, euphorically upbeat love song with a soaring central melody, harmonies that really pull and a bass line that feels like committing infidelity in front of you, it just seems to wander where its heart takes it.
They’re loudest when in the pocket and let the groove lead the way like on Like Sweetness and Proof. Even the slow songs have swinging beats and contain enough instrumental noodles to entertain the most technical. There are electronic touches like programmed drums and I swore I heard steel drums at the start of Melting, so they’re always adding new stuff to the repertoire.
It’s really nice to have a new Warpaint and it doesn’t disappoint. Their live shows lit up social media with rave reviews, hoping we’d make the cut for a potential tour.
There’s something about There’s A Tuesday that stands out from their peers – and not being able to pinpoint exactly what it is is probably what it is. Guess that’s an X-factor. To my shame, I missed their 2020 debut Dance With Me Before We Cry, but pioneering pop powerhouse Benee must have caught it, as she quickly signed them to her label. thriving Olive.
The quartet features two female singers in Nat Hutton and Minnie Robberds and Boy Scout is a tangy dreamy pop collection that vibrates with elements of familiar sentiment, the urgency of a Garageland or a Beths and the melodic instincts of a Runga or Moa.
Girl At Night wraps what I think is dark sentiment (and an important message of safety) in carefree rhythm guitar and leads into Bus Stop, which gently unravels the conflicting emotions triggered by an accidental lip brush. What did that mean? Am I thinking about it too much? Naivety is a strength, when presented in a narrative form like this.
Various songs refer to 19, 20 and even 16 – and they deliver these innocent stories with authentic energy.