So Good

I watched the Warpaint gig from 6 Music’s Glasgow festival on the iPlayer last week and then went back to last year’s Heads Up album which underwhelmed me at the time. I’m a big fan of the group, the dance-rock grooves, the post-punk bass, Californian harmonies and fluid guitars, but Heads Up just seemed to wash over me without making much of an impact. I’ve got a bit more out of it now. This song, So Good, has a funky disco drumbeat, locked in bass from Jenny Lee and the vaguest of choruses. The instrumental part towards the end where the keys play off against the rest is a joy.

So Good

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Diamond

Another post cobbled together under difficult technological circumstances (a new definition of blogging modernism after Kit Lambert’s description of mod as clean living under difficult circumstances for you there). This is Mike D, Beastie Boy, remixing Warpaint. The new Warpaint album is pretty good but I don’t feel like it’s got under my skin yet in the way the previous ones did. For his remix Mike D slows it right down, strips away the instruments, lets the vocals carry the melody and adds a Kangol hatful of 80s hip hop influences. Whatchuwaitinfor? Ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out.

New Song

Ahead of a new album (Heads Up) in Setember warpaint have released a new song called New Song. On first listen I was a little disappointed- it seemed a bit lightweight, their languid, rolling grooves replaced by something much poppier (not that I’m against poppier). However it’s really grown on me, especially since picking it up on 7″ where on a proper stereo rather than computer speakers the bass has room and the rhythm hits the spot.

I Can’t Find My Way

Warpaint haven’t released much recently. Last year saw No Way Out come out digitally, the redux version, a full on seven minute excusion and an extra song I’ll Start Believing. No Way Out combines their signature sounds in one glorious package- the slightly stoned Californian multi-tracked vocals, the PiL bassline, the sparse, fluid guitars and the thumping drums. You’ll want to buy the full length version if you haven’t got it. As an added bonus they look alright too.

No Way Out (Redux)

Never

Jenny Lee Lindberg, Warpaint’s cool as fuck bassist, has a solo album coming out (under the name jennylee, all lower case). This song is the attention grabber to get you interested. Dominated by one of her trademark slinky basslines it’s got guitars that point towards The Cure, skittering drums and an overall feel of the early 80s- what the record companies called New Wave. More labels for you- dark underbelly of LA, post-punk, early goth. I’ve got to say, I like it.

Hi

It’s all been pretty quiet on the Warpaint front this year despite the internet trailer for No Way Out back in March. This remix of Hi by Equal was posted recently and strips the swirling guitar, bass and drums out and instead adds some low key electronics to the mix, coming up very mellow and very nice for a Sunday morning.

We’re going away for a couple of nights so they won’t be anything here until Tuesday/Wednesday. See you all later.

No Way Out

Warpaint returned with a new song last month although it isn’t properly out for a while yet. No Way Out (Redux) opens with some dreamy harmonies, picked guitars and a ton of reverb. When the bass and drums kick in at one minute twenty-something it really takes off, tougher and upfront, but still with that just-woken-up wooziness feeling they do so well. The vocals continue to build and interlock and the rhythm keeps on spiraling, round and round. Hypnotic. There’s a live version that is seven minutes plus so I’m hoping the full release with have that one on it because this is much too short.

Good video- nothing wrong with just watching a 12″ record revolving is there?