- 18 May 18
Out today, the moody solo debut from Warpaint member.
Although fellow Warpainters Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa drop in to lend a hand on Theresa Wayman’s solo debut, Lovelaws, for the most part it’s a one-woman operation. The majority of the synth, bass, guitar and drum programming were deftly executed by Wayman herself, while production duties are shared with her brother Ivan. The result is cool, downbeat and languid.
The overall mood is claustrophobic – the aural equivalent of a deep-sea journey in a submersible. Enveloped in icy, Stygian depths, the sounds resonate with exaggerated meaning. The bleep of the sonar and navigational instruments ping back and forth, as synths stutter and groan like the creaking of a stressed hull. Apart from the appropriately entitled ‘Sassafras (Interlude)’, the mood sustains. When it’s over, you feel like you’ve emerged from a dark tunnel, feeling slightly dazed as you blink against the sunlight.
Record label: Caroline International
Listen to: I've Been Fine
Overall rating: 6/10