Infinite Shuffle

April 22, 2012

111 – Warpaint

Filed under: Los Angeles, W — assman41 @ 12:01 am

Warpaint’s moniker seems mighty apt. Because no matter how many layers of pop sensibility these four women from Los Angeles put into their music, it’s all covered with an impermeable coat of darkness that fills every nook and cranny of their songs.

The above track is from the group’s debut EP, Exquisite Corpse, which came out in 2009. From the opening track, “Stars”, the band establishes a heavy, almost psychedelic, tone. Not ones to show haste, Warpaint’s slow-building style on every song adds to the spine-tingling feel on the album.

They even manage to take a well-known standard and turn it into something raw and primal. On the track, “Billie Holliday“, Warpaint sample and put their own unique spin on Mary Wells’ Motown classic “My Guy”.

They continued to pay homage to those that came before them when they released the song “Undertow”, the big single off their first full-length album, 2010’s The Fool. The song started out as a cover to Nirvana’s “Polly”, but eventually grew into something totally different. However, you can still hear the influence, including in the unmistakable line “hurt yourself.”

While the entire album is pretty solid throughout, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite track, “Baby”. It’s the one track on here that doesn’t quite sound like the rest. It’s almost like an acoustic ballad.

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3 Comments »

  1. […] touches on Threads. With a heavier and darker feeling, the album starts to give off a bit of a Warpaint […]

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  3. […] A better description might be, “a less accessible version of Warpaint.” […]

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