I wrote previously about my anticipation for this, the second full-length album from shoegaze maidens Warpaint. NPR was able to provide a first listen through its website, linked, and the wait to be able to stream this album was killing me! In a fairly unrelated topic, my Windows Phone was unable to update to the most recent edition of Flash, which was necessary to access NPR’s First Listen App – just another in my litany against this particular mobile OS. Back to the goods – this album has not disappointed.
The eponymous release from the ladies of Warpaint is as enigmatic and airy as their previous effort, but with a better use of lead instruments, resulting in a tighter sound. Warpaint is a great band for Seattle, as their tone matches our winter temperament. Speaking of which, don’t visit Seattle in the winter, everyone is depressed and on lots of drugs. While this new album does nothing to raise us from Seasonal Affective Disorder, its haunting melodies, particularly in the case of “CC” help to remind us that there is something greater around the corner. This album, thus far, has embedded in me a bleak sense of optimism.
Head to NPR’s First Listen app to get hip to what’s in store from Warpaint, and look out for the album to drop on January 20. Preorder through ITunes or Amazon, or stop by your local shop and keep your cash circulating locally. I recommend Easy Street Records or Silver Platters.