Monday, October 03, 2016

Use your illusion

So, in an interview with Vogue Warpaint have claimed of their new album Heads Up that they "wanted to make something a little more upbeat and a little more dance-y, and [something that] had clarity and felt propellant and optimistic, maybe". Pitchfork reviewer Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, however, argues that such talk - and the accompanying namedrops of pop and hip-hop luminaries - is actually just a smokescreen, and that the record is merely business as usual for the LA quartet.

Who to believe? Much as I'd like the band's own assessment to be right - having found their last LP soporific rather than stimulating, with only 'Disco//Very' raising the tempo and heartbeat - I suspect that Reyes-Kulkarni is more accurate. And if so, I can't say I'll be enamoured with the album.

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