Warpaint Heads Up
Following 12-month period of pursuing solo endeavours, LA Indie rockers Warpaint have regrouped for their third studio album. Following on from 2014’s highly acclaimed self-titled album, the four-piece find their most mature and free sound yet on Heads Up. More laidback and expansive than their previous efforts, the new record has a dreamier, more Poppy and dancier aesthetic than we have seen from them before. There is still a dark, romantic undercurrent to the record but it comes with more bright and sanguine moments than you would expect.
The album was made in downtown LA, in a new way for the band, working either in pairs or solo and never as a full band. This approach seems to have affected the writing process in a way that results in a sound that comes with greater freedom and expression, where individual members have gone off on tangents to bolster the band’s sound as a whole. There is a subtly more electronic edge to their music on Heads Up too, with drum machines and heavier synths filtrating the record with greater frequency. The whole record sounds like the work of a band that have nothing to prove and are comfortable exploring new territory together. Displaying a relaxed confidence and positivity, this album is another successful chapter of Warpaint’s evolution.
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