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Album: Warpaint – The Fool

The Fool is the debut album from LA all-girl quartet Warpaint. Having seen many members come and go since the band formed in 2004, Warpaint currently consists of  Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (vocals/guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bassist/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums/keyboards). Any preconceptions you may have about “girl bands” need to be checked at the door for this one. The Fool is an engaging and compelling listen which offers more every time it’s played.

Intricate layering of uncomplicated guitar with probing bass and eerie keys is the essence of Warpaint’s subtle brand of psychedelic indie. The Fool doesn’t opt for the Sleigh Bells-esque ear bursting, attention grabbing amplification, it weaves and flows, haunting your subconsciousness with a sinister edge similar to that of Liars. Their Californian background shines through in the emphasis placed on guitar which lays the foundations on most tracks a la Surfer Blood and The Red hot Chilli Peppers. The vocal melodies present on tracks including Shadows and Composure are designed to make the hairs on your neck stand on end.

Having raised a few eyebrows with their self released 2009 EP Exquisite Corpse, The Fool has cemented Warpaint’s reputation as talented songwriters. Undertow, the most obvious single on the album, has already enjoyed plenty of airtime. Unlike other contemporary all-girl acts (Au Revoir Simone) Warpaint go beyond generic pop and create music with the intelligence of Laura Marling and the eloquence of Bat for Lashes.

Weekly Watch

You may notice that I’ve not chosen Gorrilaz as one of this weeks three recommendations. It’s not an oversight, I simply never have and never will understand the hype about them. I really tried with Plastic Beach but I’m afraid I’ve thrown the towel in on Albarn and co at this stage. Darwin Deez gets the nod for his dancing displays.

ASIWYFA, Jape, Fionn Regan and Toby Kaar, The Pavillion Cork, Fri 12th, €15 (all but Toby play Roisin Dubh on the 11th)

Hope is Noise, An Brog Cork, Wed 10th, Free

Darwin Deez, Cyprus Avenue Cork tonight 8th €10, Academy 2 Dublin tomorrow €14.50

Playlist: Music Library 08-11-2010

The Music Library is an alternative music show which airs on Flirtfm 101.3, Galway’s alternative student station Monday-Friday between 8 and 9 am. I take charge of the tunes on Mondays

The Bloody Beetroots – Warp 1.9
Adebisi Shank – Logdrum
Nosaj Thing – Lords
Baths – Animals
And So I Watch You From Afar – A Little bit of Solidarity Goes a Long way
Sideproject – Outpatients
Crookers ft. Carrie Wilds – Have Mercy
Crystal Castles – Alice Practice
Vitalic – Still
Solar Bears – Crystaline (Be Again)
Tanlines – Real Life
Toro y Moi – Minors
Viallgers – Home