Monthly Archives: January 2014

Warpaint – Warpaint

You couldn’t accuse Warpaint of short-changing fans. Their follow up to The Fool, an album which gained cult acclaim, is a self-titled effort which, while hardly surprising in its contents, is slow-going and not an immediate banker – but they never promised you the world.

This is a band which was formed in 2004 and are only now, 10 years in, releasing their second full LP. Despite that, they stick to their guns, forming songs from almost psychedelic jams. ‘Keep It Healthy’ displays those eerie, reverb-soaked vocals from Emily Kokal and has a skittering drum heart despite the wig-out going on around them. From here, though, it’s something of an assortment: half-jams, half-songs, half-high – everything is undercooked, which worked the first time around but leaves some songs on this album only half-formed.

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Broken Bells – After The Disco

The unlikely pairing of James Mercer and Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) has yielded yet another understated album. Most partnerships of this ilk are very sink-or-swim, but this follow up to Mercer and Burton’s self-titled release, aptly named After The Disco, sees the pairing hit a nice, smooth breast-stroke.

With such prestigious previous work under their belts from their own projects, you could probably throw a lot of waffle around about how this doesn’t match up to the indie-cool of The Shins or that this is just another mainstream vessel for Burton. But that wouldn’t do justice to these guys as a band. With a second album release, there is obviously some intent from them to be seen as such, and so they must be judged as such.

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