Warpaint (Photo by Mia Kirby)
Radiate Like This, the first album in six years from celebrated LA quartet Warpaint, is out now. The dreampop quartet are on tour to support the album with a show at Capital Turnaroud in DC on Friday, July 22.
“Making this album was a labor of love,” said the band. “It is the joyous culmination of four musical minds over the course of a few wild and heart-opening years. We’re thrilled to finally share it with you.”
The album features singles “Hips,” which Uproxx describes as “infectious” and “eerie,” “Champion” –praised by Stereogum as a “masterful reintroduction” to the band — and “Stevie the Dancer,” which arrived alongside a video made in collaboration with Fascinated By Everything.
Watch the official music video for “Stevie the Dancer” by YouTube:
Warpaint is Emily Kokal (guitar, vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass, vocals), Stella Mozgawa (drums, vocals), and Theresa Wayman (guitar, vocals). In the six years since 2016’s much-lauded Heads Up, Warpaints four members have been busy living. Eventually, though, each of the women found themselves drawn inexorably back together. Warpaint is as much a home for them as a band, having been together for nearly 20 years. They had just completed the foundational tracking sessions with co-producer Sam Petts-Davies (Thom Yorke, Frank Ocean, Skullcrusher) when the pandemic hit and they were forced to retreat to respective safety.
What followed was the making of a wholly different Warpaint album. Physically separated by the pandemic, each musician recorded her parts separately — often in makeshift home studios — before sending on to the next, creating songs layer by layer. Deciding to delay the release until they could tour allowed them to further hone each track, spending more time building and rebuilding than they had in the past. The result is a body of work that is sharper and more focused than any of their previous, each song as tight, beguiling and proud as a diamond.
Friday, July 22
Doors @ 7pm