"L.A.’s Warpaint, which will play Webster Hall on Oct. 14, found its natural sound by letting itself dissolve. The group, formed in 2004 with a standard rock lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums, created a relaxed version of the music made by British bands from the early eighties—like the Slits and Siouxsie and the Banshees—that had a taste for hybrids and dissonance. For its latest, self-titled album, Warpaint began leaning on improvisation, creating new songs by gathering up bits and pieces written during sound checks. The result is not scattered but an atomized version of the band that floats around and changes shape. The British studio veterans Flood and Nigel Godrich helped to produce and mix the recording, though Warpaint still works best live, as a four-piece. Without quite getting there, it continually edges toward explosion and resolution, spinning and experimenting with a lack of pretense or fuss". (via The New Yorker).
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