If you’re already a Warpaint fan you’ll want to hear this, the debut solo effort by Jenny Lee Lindberg – here stylised as jennylee. Ignore the meandering mess of the opening track (Blind) and wait for the lush bass work you know and love from Lindberg’s main gig. If by chance you’re arriving at this album without hearing the band – Warpaint is your next stop. Not only is Lindberg a key member and force within that band’s sound, but this record also features Stella Mozgawa, the Warpaint drummer, so it’s that crucial rhythm section, capable of rubbery post-punk, dub and washed-out indie work, capable of making sense of almost any meandering mess (though, as I say, Blind is an odd way to open the record – not a selling point).
These two play so intuitively and it feels like the Joy Division/New Order rhythm section/s were must-listen experiences for the young Lindberg and Mozgawa, most certainly Lindberg has something of Peter Hook’s expression to her playing, that way when – fully firing – it’s the bass sound that feels as if it is driving the songwriting, informing the rest of the choices made in the arrangement. But it never topples over into the absurdity that is “lead bass playing”. Fuck that noise!
Right On! is pretty much up there with any of the Warpaint material I’ve heard, and they’re perhaps my favourite band of the last half-decade, certainly a shining light amongst the drab and dreary, cutting through and delivering over and above the hype.
A subtle gem, Right On! has the harmony work we know and love from Warpaint (Real Life), the party tunes (Boom Boom, Never) and the subtle creep and brood (Long Lonely Winter). It’s not an in-your-face kind of must-have record, and all the better for it. A must-have record in my world at any rate.