Stripped back to the groove
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. jennyleelindberg.com