Warpaint – Warpaint

justin perich warpaintWarpaint (2014) – With their second and self-titled LP, Warpaint ups the ante on their hazy yet haunting brand of shoegazing groove. Yes the guitars still shimmer hypnotically and yes the lyrics still manage to be vulnerable while somehow remaining impenetrable, but it’s the momentum brought by new drummer Stella Mozgawa that really drives the record to new heights. Also added to the equation are producer Mark Ellis (AKA Flood, who has worked with the likes of Foal, U2, and Nick Cave) and mixer/Radiohead sidekick Nigel Godrich, whose contributions enrichen the vibe with beautiful sparse electronic embellishment. In particular, Godrich’s presence on “Love Is To Die” and “Feeling Alright” gives structure and discipline to an album that is otherwise beautifully formless and shapeless.  On the whole, this is music tailor made for late night summer strolls and train rides. At its best moments, it’s positively transportive. At it’s worst moments, hey, it’s still pretty cool. Favorite track: “Hi.” Most surprising: “Disco/very.”  Most affecting: “Son.” 4/5 stars.