|Warpaint — Heads Up (September 23, 2016)|
Warpaint — Heads Up (September 23, 2016)
♦» Už je to dva roky, co Warpaint vydali album. V mezidobí byly spoluhráčky zaneprázdněné prací na sólových projektech. Jenny Lee Lindberg vydala sólové album pod názvem ‘jennylee’. Emily Kokal pracovala s dvojicí Saul Williams a Paul Bergmann. Stella Mozgawa byl uvedena v kreditu alba Kurt Vile EP . Theresa Wayman pracuje na svém sólovém projektu s názvem BOSS . Atmospheric indie rockers with influences from shoegaze, dream pop, and icy post~punk. © Jenny Lee Lindberg from Warpaint. Photograph Rob Ball, Redferns
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Album release: September 23, 2016
Recorded: January–May 2016
Studio: House on the Hill (Los Angeles, California, United States), Papap’s Palace
Record Label: Rough Trade
Genre: Indie Rock, Female Vocal
01 Whiteout 4:44
02 By Your Side 4:34
03 New Song 4:18
04 The Stall 4:57
05 So Good 6:01
06 Don’t Wanna 3:44
07 Don’t Let Go 4:23
08 Dre 4:00
09 Heads Up 4:59
10 Above Control 5:07
11 Today Dear 4:51 © THERESA WAYMAN. Photo credit: Chris Swainston
Birth name: Theresa Becker Wayman
Born: June 23, 1980, Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, drums
Notable instruments: Fender Mustang
♦» Wayman has one son, who was born in 2005. She has said that since becoming a mother she is “more inspired, and my life is more rich in a certain sense. Because you see the value of human life, and just how fast time moves along. All of a sudden your son is five years old, and you see just how much has happened in that time. It’s a good perspective.” © Theresa Wayman, A woman performing live on stage. She is holding a red guitar. A drum kit is seen in the background. Author: Gergely Csatari
♦» Warpaint recorded Heads Up with producer Jacob Bercovici. In a press release, Lindberg said of the process, “Everybody was allowed to have their space, time and creative freedom with songs and figure out, ‘I wonder what the best notes would be? I wonder what the best part would be to play?’” Stella Mozgawa added, “The doors were a little more open in terms of what was accepted and what wasn’t, because we were sharing ideas so rapidly between us. The roles that each of us individually had — or had established — were a little more malleable.” Of “Heads Up”, Lindberg said:
♦» “I feel really proud of what we made — almost surprised and shocked. When we were making it, I was like, “I wonder what this is going to sound like? How’s this going to come together?” I love the way that it came together so nicely. I feel so proud of it, and like it’s an evolution of our band. It sounds like a mature version of Warpaint.”
♣♦ Consequence of Sound referred to Heads Up as “an eclectic collection” influenced stylistically by Björk, Janet Jackson, Kendrick Lamar and Outkast, and Crack magazine described it as an “au courant post~genre exploration of the sounds [the band members] grew up hearing”, noting that the album includes a track titled “Dre”, a reference to the rapper and hip~hop producer Dr. Dre; Warpaint included a track titled “Biggy”, a reference to the Notorious B.I.G. According to Lindberg, Heads Up is less guitar~oriented than the band’s back catalogue and “half of the album has more emphasis on guitar and the other has less”; Lindberg considers Heads Up as “[sounding] like a mature version of Warpaint”. Crack considered three of the album’s tracks (“New Song”, “So Good” and “Dre”) as alternative pop “potentials”, which are “a reflection of the times … dealing in moody atmospherics and left~of~center reworkings of mainstream trends”.
♣♦ Describing Heads Up just prior to the album’s recording sessions, Mozgawa said her rhythms were “a little more dancey” and “a little higher on the BPM scale” in comparison to Warpaint’s earlier material. Kokal further described the album’s rhythms as “dancier, faster and fun”, noting that Heads Up best captured the “spirit” of the band’s live performances. Mozgawa used computer~based drum machines to compose several of the songs’ drum patterns in early 2015, after she sustained a foot injury which left her unable to physically perform.
♣♦ It’s easy to get the wrong impression about Warpaint. The band’s studio albums (including their most recent full~length, 2014’s Warpaint) have tended to emphasize moody atmospheres: gauzy keyboards, hypnotic harmonies and sinister grooves. In concert, however, the Los Angeles quartet — vocalist/guitarist Emily Kokal, vocalist/guitarist Theresa Wayman, bassist/vocalist Jenny Lee Lindberg and drummer/keyboardist/vocalist Stella Mozgawa — pair this moodiness with bumped~up tempos and sinewy beats. The music’s no less dark — but it has an additional rhythmic urgency and tension that can be surprising. Of course, confounding expectations has been part of Warpaint’s m.o. since the band formed in 2004. And so when the band convened to make their third studio album, Heads Up, they shared a common goal: to make a faster, dance~oriented record. “We’ve always had this really jammy, high~energy live show compared to some of our records,” Kokal says. “We all love to dance. We didn’t want to take away from the emotion or the core feeling of what our band is all about — which I don’t even think we could take out if we wanted, because it is who we are — but we wanted to bump the speed up and have a little bit more fun.” Mission accomplished.
♦» Exquisite Corpse (EP) (2008)
♦» The Fool (2010)
♦» Warpaint (2014)
♦» Heads Up (September 23, 2016)
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|Warpaint — Heads Up (September 23, 2016)|
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