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Muffled, immeasurable and occasionally tepid – Warpaint’s initial two records are beamed by way of a foggy cloud of hazed reverb. Especially their self-titled offering, which transpired as a distorted soup of eerie harmony and languorous bass hums – like a more recumbent take on Tame Impala’s Lonerism.
Even so the girls’ newest edition boasts a stronger sense of immediacy than something before it. Barring the introductory track – which nevertheless has 1 foot in album two – the opening half of ‘Heads Up’ reveals a new-located pop prowess.
‘By Your Side’ proves this with its groovy beat beneath hauntingly flickering synths, which compliment an indecisive however intricate bassline. Even a lot more so does the ultra-lean ‘New Song’ – which is stripped of any sluggish, sagging fat holding back the industrial potential of preceding album spearheads. It is the sort of accessible-yet-sacrifice-free of charge banger set to be spun at indie club-nights aplenty.
A mammoth-wide breadth of ideas is tossed into the mixer, in what’s seemingly a free reign of creativity. Tracks variety from the withheld and snaking grumbly basslines of ‘Don’t Wanna’ and ‘Dre’, to the a lot more crisp and ‘au natural’ production of ‘Above Control’ and ‘Don’t Let Go’.
Sandwiched among the album’s direct openings and its much more wandering and experimental conclusions, ‘So Good’ encapsulates the 4-piece’s mission statement. Its initial bars of thick basslines and crunching beats resonate Wild Beasts’ searing new venture, until a warped analogue solo carves open a descent by means of deep marshy psychedelia.
This is ultimately brave and sprawling art-rock. But significantly – evidence of Warpaint’s rapid, progressive and most profitable evolution however.