Stripped back to the groove

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - CHRIS JONES

Warpaint’s bassist to sound like, es­pe­cially once you dis­cover that she grew up on post-punk acts such as Joy Di­vi­sion, The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees. While much of Warpaint’s ap­peal is based on multi-part har­monies and in­tri­cately in­ter­twin­ing gui­tars, right on! strips ev­ery­thing back with a min­i­mal, som­no­lent sound that places the em­pha­sis squarely on bass and drums – mainly pro­vided by Warpaint’s ex­cel­lent drum­mer Stella Moz­gawa.

The hazy, dream­like mood is aug­mented by Lind­berg’s voice, which only rarely rises above a breathy moan, but which serves th­ese spare, in­trigu­ing songs well. Chief among them is boom boom, a sin­is­ter come-on that rides on a nag­ging, blank-eyed groove – “Can you feel me shake by body from left to right?” Lind­berg teases. That’s fol­lowed by never – the loveli­est mo­ment on the al­bum – fea­tur­ing chim­ing gui­tars and a rhythm sec­tion straight from the New Or­der play­book.

Best of all, there’s gen­uine men­ace on white devil, where Lind­berg is joined by her close friend Kris By­erly for a tense – ul­ti­mately ex­plo­sive – male- fe­male ex­change.

white devil echoes one of Warpaint’s great strengths – the way in which their songs morph and de­velop in un­ex­pected and ex­cit­ing ways. An unas­sum­ing lit­tle al­bum, right on! could maybe do with a lit­tle more of that ap­proach. But in keep­ing things de­lib­er­ately min­i­mal and compact, Lind­berg has staked out an ad­dic­tive patch of sound – and found her voice. jen­nyleelind­

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