Persbericht, vrijdag 6 mei 2022
Zes jaar geleden bracht Warpaint uit L.A. hun derde studioalbum Heads Up uit. Sindsdien is het druk geweest voor de bandleden: baby’s, jobs, tours en soloalbums kregen voorrang en zorgden voor grote logistieke uitdagingen om Warpaint weer bij elkaar te brengen.
De drang was groot en dus zochten ze elkaar op om een nieuw album te smeden in het vuur van de pandemie. Als de vorige plaat Heads Up de volwassenwording was, dan toont Radiate Like This de band in al haar glorie: een delicate wisselwerking tussen vier aparte deeltjes die samensmelten en het geheel laten schitteren.
Radiate Like This, the first album in six years from celebrated L.A. quartet Warpaint, is out now. “Making this album was a labor of love,” says 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 previously released singles Hips, which Uproxx describes as “infectious” and “eerie,” Champion—praised by Stereogum as a “masterful reintroduction” to the band—and Stevie, which arrived alongside a video made in collaboration with Fascinated By Everything.
In the six years since 2016’s much-lauded Heads Up, Warpaints four members—Emily Kokal, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mozgawa and Theresa Wayman—have been busy living. Babies, jobs, tours, solo albums, intercontinental and cross country moves all became priorities, presenting mounting logistical challenges to getting the band back together, as they say, and allowing a little space to think “what if we didn’t?”
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.
“I was saying the other day that we should’ve called this album “Exquisite Corpse”, but it was already taken,” jokes Kokal, referring to the title of the band’s debut EP. Radiate Like This captures what’s always been the magic of Warpaint—the delicate interplay of four separate parts coalescing in motion—while somehow allowing each individual to shine a little brighter.
The band will make their live return with a run of shows in the U.K. and Europe this spring. Full tour routing below.
Warpaint is Emily Kokal (guitar, vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass, vocals), Stella Mozgawa (drums, vocals) and Theresa Wayman (guitar, vocals). Radiate Like This follows their critically beloved debut EP Exquisite Corpse, 2010’s The Fool, 2014’s Warpaint and 2016’s Heads Up.