hmv's Albums of 2014: Warpaint
Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. Today it's the turn of Warpaint as we preview their new self-titled album.
A Little Background…
Three years on from their highly acclaimed debut album The Fool, downbeat LA indie-rockers Warpaint are back with their second full-length, due out on January 20.
Warpaint excel at creating beautiful songs of sparing arrangement with almost impossibly understated performance characterised by Emily Kokal’s mind-on-another-planet vocals. Those new to the band will find The Fool’s 'Undertow' a great example of this, as well as 'Billie Holiday' from the 2008 mini-album Exquisite Corpse which features portions of Mary Wells’ My Guy sounding like Whoopi Goldberg and her congregation after a hefty dose of valium.
What’s It Called?
They’ve gone for the straightforward approach here… Warpaint. Self-titling an album is often seen as a statement of intent for an artist, perhaps indicating a realisation of the integral nature of the band’s sound so this can be taken as a confident step.
What Will It Sound Like?
The group’s new release promises to be every bit as strong as their debut based on lead single 'Love Is To Die', which emerged in September. Driven by the life-giving drums of Stella Mozgawa, the track demonstrates a subtle stylistic shift for the band with guitars dropping into the background and synth melodies and textures perfectly complimenting their characteristic understated moodiness.
The band have said that the experience of writing and recording this album was a very “freeing experience” and they seem to have taken a very open-minded approach to it. Guitarist Theresa Wayman told NME, “We set up every instrument that we have… we were open to the possibility of any one of us playing anything”.
Who’s Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
'Love Is To Die' (which you can hear below) and second single, the ethereal 'Biggy', are both warm and full-sounding tracks which is to the credit of Warpaint’s new producer Flood (U2, Nine Inch Nails, PJ Harvey, the list goes on…) with whom the group had a great time working by all accounts. Also credited with co-mixing is Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich so no shortage of talent at the helm of this record!
The album artwork also has a familiar name responsible in the shape of Chris Cunningham who is married to Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg. Expect other-worldiness of the highest order!
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Yes! See you at the counter on January 20th!