- 22 Sep 16
Impressive third album from la art rockers.
When bands state their intention to get “experimental”, it usually means nothing more than adding some keyboards. To their credit, LA art-rock collective Warpaint walk it like they talk it on their third record, Heads Up, a genuinely daring effort.
Kicking off with the sparse electro number ‘Whiteout’, the album goes on to take a series of fascinating stylistic detours. Both the title track and ’New Song’ are juddering punk-funk workouts that would do James Murphy proud, while ‘The Stall’ shows that Radiohead have some serious new competition in the avant electro stakes. ‘Don’t Wanna’ is a down-tempo gem with echoes of Massive Attack, and best of all is ‘Dre’, a delicious slice of hazy hip-hop that would fit nicely into the discography of the titular producer.
Heads Up is a superb album by one of US alt.rock’s most talented bands.