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.