Warpaint: Warpaint

Emily Zemler on January 17, 2014

Warpaint’s self-titled sophomore album was heralded by single “Love Is to Die”—a lovely, ethereal indie rock number that lays the groundwork for the rest of the disc. The Los Angeles quartet bring a more expansive sensibility than on their 2010 debut The Fool, pushing the boundaries of both lush sonic layers and punctuated moments of stillness. Produced and mixed by Flood, the musicians paint soaring landscapes of otherworldly sound, led by Emily Kokal’s soaring croon. The means to the inevitable emotional connection vary: “Biggy” plays with sparse ambience while “Feeling Alright” matches its propulsive instrumentals with layered vocal harmonies. It all comes together in an overarching moody tone—one that leaves the listener with a distinct sense of hopeful melancholy. It’s different than The Fool, often feeling more carefully wrought, but the evolutionary direction feels appropriate for the band.

Artist: Warpaint
Album: Warpaint
Label: Rough Trade