Warpaint – ‘Love Is To Die’

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Warpaint’s return is typically moody and broody.

A central, portentous pulse is the only foundation, with hazy melodies ethereally swirling around it. From the verses which are saturated in melancholy, the chorus is a u-turn of momentous proportions, drastically changing key.

The first two minutes of the five minute masterpiece sounds like three different songs chopped and changed to somehow fit together, and it’s almost like the LA quartet have recreated their debut album The Fool and condensed it into this miniature package.

Effortlessly mesmerising, the sorrowful voice of Emily Kokal has a celestial beauty as she achingly repeats “I’m not alive, I’m not alive.” ‘Love Is To Die’ is a fluid and indecisive portion of hypnotic psychedelic rock, which shows immense promise for their second LP.

8/10

Warpaint’s self-titled sophomore album will be released in the UK on 20th January 2014.

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