Warpaint Heads Up

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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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