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Album: The Fool
# Song Title   Time
1)    Set Your Arms Down
2)    Warpaint
3)    Undertow
4)    Bees
5)    Shadows
6)    Composure
7)    Baby
8)    Majesty
9)    Lissie's Heart Murmur
 

Album: The Fool
# Song Title   Time
1)    Set Your Arms Down
2)    Warpaint
3)    Undertow
4)    Bees
5)    Shadows
6)    Composure
7)    Baby
8)    Majesty
9)    Lissie's Heart Murmur
 
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  • On The Fool, Warpaint sound surprisingly delicate, given their combative name. The L.A. group's first full-length picks up where their debut EP Exquisite Corpse left off, serving up darkly feminine songs with instinctive structures that call to mind the explorations of Rings and Telepathe. The Fool's songs are so impressionistic that it's easy to hear why some have called them dream pop or shoegaze, but Warpaint's sound isn't so easily classified. Some songs resemble icy post-punk experiments, but cooing vocals add a push-pull quality that's more intriguing than either element on its own. A flower child witchiness seeps into every track, most strikingly on "Majesty," which begins as an eerie lament and then ignites into a lysergic jam complete with interstellar Rhodes keyboards and electro-toms. The album's more melodic songs reveal that Warpaint fares better as an experimental indie pop band than as an avant-garde band with hints of pop. They sound confident and engaged on "Undertow," a beguiling song so subtle that it lives up to its name, while the sweet-yet-ominous folk balladry of "Shadows" and "Baby" suits the band's vocals perfectly. ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
CMJ - "Loaded with effect-riddled guitar lines and hypnotic drum patterns, the all-girl group's haunting vocals evoke a pseudo-psychedelic feeling..."

Billboard (p.72) - "[T]he track 'Undertow' showcases Warpaint's woozy three-part vocal harmonies, and 'Composure' somehow makes room for a left-field cheerleader chant."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE FOOL hangs together thanks to new stickswoman Stella Mozgawa, who proves extraordinary dextrous in locking down the combo's variable rhythms..."

Paste (magazine) - "[THE FOOL] incorporates coastal psych and voluminous noise-pop with a dash of Spector-flecked harmonies."

Clash (magazine) - "There is a hypnotic atmosphere throughout, with harsh tinny guitars drilling through your head..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[D]reamy, faintly pagan psychedelia....['Undertow' has] skeletal grooves that recall The xx in its blend of musical economy and emotional effect."
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