Warpaint, Heads Up (2016)
I’ve been a fan right through the band’s recorded career – since the first EP, but it really kicked in for me with the release of their self-titled, second album. That’s when I knew Warpaint was really a great band. I’d liked everything I’d heard up to that point, but that album suggested more was to come, they were going to keep subtly changing, evolving. As you’d hope/expect from a band you follow. And so it is. I’ve written about this brand new album already and don’t need to say much more. But I don’t rush out to buy brand new albums on vinyl all too often – I get the files to review, sometimes still get sent the CD (occasionally I get the CD out from the library or have to find new music in other ways as I’m not that tightly in cahoots with too many of the labels and companies – it’s ironic in a sense, but it’s not all that good for my ‘business’ to be cosied up; it’s been somewhat terrible for my ‘business’ though in ensuring that – but hey). Anyway, Warpaint’s album arrived early – the advance download. And I spent a lot of time with it, loved it from the first full listen – was mildly worried that “New Song” was a gimmicky new direction-lead. But love it in the context of the full album. And then had to get the LP on the day of release. Probably as much as anything because it’s nice – in the jaded old world of writing about music daily – to remind yourself that you’re a fan a lot of the time. And you got into this due to fandom. The LP is a double – one pink, one black, label-colours reversed: black label on pink vinyl, pink on black. Nicely done. And it is their best album – three great records from this band so far. I wonder if this might be it? If they’ll all pull away to head in other directions. I wouldn’t mind that – over most of the last decade they’ve been one of my favourite bands and they haven’t put a foot wrong. At the same time I look forward – of course – to the idea of a new album even with so much life left in this one. (And the others).
Sample Track: Whiteout
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