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If you go to Warpaint’s official website and download the album cover art for their 12-song self-titled sophomore release, you’ll be able to see that the name given to the image is “WarpaintPackshot”. And it’s easy to see why it’s called that if you look at the equal billing the band gives to each member on the new album cover. The same union can be felt in the woozy, lush and romantic free-floating style of the record too. It’s a record created from the bottom up, as the band has said in previous interviews. In other words, unlike their successful 2010 release, “The Fool”, the all-female quartet have taken a more unconventional approach (for them), which is to say, they’re writing songs in more of a traditional fashion. All the band members were involved in the creative process at Joshua Tree, when previously it was the partnership of singer Emily Kokal and bassist Theresa Wayman that led to the band’s first songs.
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Recently, Warpaint had been playing a handful of new songs in concert during their current European tour. Fans had to scavenge around on YouTube for clips from the U.K. and other places to hear tracks like “Feeling Alright”. Well, now there’s an official streaming audio release, for a new song called “Love Is to Die”. It also comes with an announcement from the band about a new record coming out January 21 via Rough Trade. You can pre-order it now through the label and I-Tunes. – David D. Robbins Jr.
QUICK POST: Mikey S., aka Blackbird Blackbird, tried his hand at remixing the lead single, “Undertow”, off Warpaint’s latest record, “The Fool”. Check it out below. Note: Photography by Takayuki Okada from the band’s MySpace page. – David D. Robbins Jr.
or Warpaint’s opener, it’s switchblades preferred. Their debut LP, “The Fool”, begins with Emily Kokal’s ghostly vocal sighing on “Set Your Arms Down”, a song that embodies the dueling sides of the record — one sweet with love, the other looking to scrap in a back-alley. “Set Your Arms Down” is about walking through fire for passion and settling a fight: “Out on the back porch / You say tonight / We bring our pocket … / Our pocket knives / You want to fight me / You want to fight.” This new record comes with a lot of hype, big expectations and a roster that put an immediately spotlight on the band — bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg is the sister of famed actress and former band member Shannyn Sossamon. It also comes with the attention generated by Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante’s work on the band’s 2008 EP, “Exquisite Corpse”. Oh, and the quality of the music sent the blogosphere into Warpaint euphoria. The band unleashed “Stars”, “Beetles” and a highly-stylized, windblown video for their siren-song, “Elephants”. This time around the band enlists the help of producer Tom Biller, who has worked with Beck and Liars.
… article continues, mp3 “Undertow”
The first video from Warpaint’s “The Fool” Director: Shannyn Sossamon.
ON THE PATH: Warpaint have carefully built a considerable amount of buzz. For some fans it was hearing the release of Warpaint’s debut EP “Exquisite Corpse”, or seeing the wonderfully shot video for “Elephants”, or hearing the single “Stars”. There’s a bit of reluctance from some reviewers or music fans to just give in and enjoy the music when a band seems to hit every PR button so perfectly, and includes the sister of beautiful actress Shannyn Sossamon playing bass. But really, this band has done nothing but make pretty good music. (Including a decent cover of David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” you can hear at Stereogum.) Emily Kokal’s voice is hypnotic, and Warpaint make songs with an atmospheric quality, gauzy and dreamily romantic. The current lineup is Kokal and Theresa Wayman on guitar and vocals, Jenny Lee Lindberg on bass, and Stella Mozgawa on drums. Their new LP “The Fool” will be released October 26, 2010. Until then, listen to their lead single “Undertow”. Note: Read more about the band and see the video for “Elephants” from an archived Their Bated Breath post. Tracklisting for the new album: 1. Set Your Arms Down; 2. Warpaint; 3. Undertow; 4. Bees; 5. Shadows; 6. Composure; 7. Baby; 8. Majesty; 9. Lissie’s Heart Murmur. — David D. Robbins Jr.
SIRENS’ SONG: Los Angeles’ Warpaint is a hazy, dreamy shoegaze band — but dark. Dark the way Echo and the Bunnymen were dark. They seem like a record company’s dream. A handful of hotties, who actually make good music — and get solid reviews from the new blogging barometers of cool. So far, they seem to be making the video rounds. They released a video back in October for their song “Stars” (off their album “Exquisite Corpse”), featuring a trippy sparkler in reverse. The “Stars” video also saw the band running through a forest as if in a fairy tale and the female leads all underwater like a collection of dying Ophelias.
Now they have a video for their song “Elephants” — where the ladies are all haloed and windblown in their sexiest Stevie Nicks attire. The video itself is well done, almost like some slo-mo ode to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” “Elephants” is one of the best tracks on the album, with that snaking guitar line, doomed bass thump and lots of slick snare drumming. The vocals remind me a bit of older Esthero (back in her I-want-to-be-Bjork days of “Heaven Sent”), or Chan Marshall meets the Silversun Pickups’ “Lazy Eye”. I usually don’t like to post music right after what appears to be a hype blitz — but these girls have worn on me. Warpaint’s new album was mixed by Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante. The band lists as members: Emily Kokal (vocals, guitar), Theresa Wayman (vocals, guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass, vocals), Stella Mozgawa (drums). (Stunning actress Shannyn Sossamon used to be the band’s drummer, playing along side of her sister, Lindberg.)
By the way, an exquisite corpse isn’t as gruesome as what it sounds like. It was a old game played by the French surrealists in which one person provides an image or word and the others in the room contribute in the collaboration based on a set of defined rules. It’s like a way to show off one’s quick-thinking and creative abilities. The Latins also have versions of this that evolved out of the tertulia. I’ve always associated both concepts with poets, artists and painters. – words by David D. Robbins Jr.