Los Angeles psychedelic four-piece Warpaint is releasing its latest, self-titled LP next week, and going on a winter tour behind its drifting mystic tones. Following up on the band’s 2010 release The Fool, NPR’s Stephen Thompson writes that the album maintains a mystique about it, but never at the price of accessibility:
The women of Warpaint are veteran pros, and they sound like it.The result is an album that captures both discipline and seemingly easy creative sprawl. Its songs smear together seamlessly and often beautifully, with real craftsmanship and artistic ambition: At 51 minutes, it feels like a complete album more than a loose assortment of MP3s. (Though “Biggy” and the slinky “Love Is to Die” have already served the latter purpose nicely.) Warpaint is indeed both cool and beautiful — an awfully formidable combination from an awfully formidable band.