County Grind and Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records hook up to discuss each week's finest new releases in Moving Units. This week, The Fool by Los Angeles indie-rock group Warpaint.
"Warpaint's debut LP, The Fool, has become one of my favorite records of
the past few months. All the essentials are here: delays, reverb,
minimalist song structures and melodies that would not out of place on
4AD in their '80s heyday. With "Undertow," The Fool avoids having the lead single break
all fluidity and cohesiveness of the LP (see 'Drunk Girls' from LCD
Soundsystem's This Is Happening) by melting the songs together for
accessible continuity, an attribute that is sometimes lacking from the
marketplace." -- Mikey Ramirez, Radio-Active Records' operations manager
Generally in agreement and would add only that Warpaint's "Undertow" is a bit like Nirvana's "Polly," right down to the cadence of lyrics "what's the matter/You hurt yourself." In all, the album is a sumptuous follow-up to the 2008 EP Exquisite Corpse. Listen below and watch the song's video, directed by the band's former drummer, actress Shannyn Sossamon (also Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg's sister).
Radio-Active Records' Top 5 Albums for October 26 - November 1:
1. Warpaint - The Fool
2. Death in June - Burial
3. Kings of Leon - Come Before Sundown (RCA)
4. Avey Tare - Down There (Paw Tracks)
5. Flying Lotus - Pattern + Grid World