Warpaint follow up their second, self-titled album with strong third offering Heads Up, out 23rd September on Rough Trade.
Kicking off the album is Whiteout, which sets the tone for the rest of the album almost perfectly; this is a much more upbeat album compared to their debut, but that definitely isn’t a bad thing.
Lead single ‘New Song’ is one of the highlights of the album for me, with it potentially being one of my favourite tracks of the year altogether. It’s almost annoyingly catchy, having some of the most infectious hooks i have heard all year. The production on that track in particular is sublime, with that carrying on throughout the rest of the album.
‘So Good’ is another album highlight for me, with the slightly echoed vocal delivery on the song and the harmonies used in the bridge very easy on the ear. It is the longest track on the album, but even at 6 minutes long the track does not sound thinly spread out.
Warpaint have got the balance right on this album; the upbeat tracks like New Song and So Good transition nicely into the slower tracks, with the spacey ‘Dre’ being a very subdued, down-tempo cut before title track ‘Heads Up’ brings it up to speed again.
Album closer ‘Today Dear’ brings the LP to an end peacefully, with the track being a calm acoustic number.
Overall, Warpaint have proved themselves yet again to be one of the best indie bands around at the moment.