When it was first announced last November, Warpaint’s maiden gig in Malaysia quickly established itself as one of the most hotly tipped shows in 2014. Renowned for their minimalist, ethereal brand of art rock, the four-piece is responsible for darkly psychedelic gems like ‘Undertow’, ‘Shadows’ and ‘Love is to Die’. While the original line-up once included Shannyn Sossamon of ‘A Knight’s Tale’ fame, the Los Angeles outfit is presently made up of Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa.
Self-released 2008 EP ‘Exquisite Corpse’ introduced the world to Warpaint’s sinister melodies and atmospheric rock tendencies, which were again apparent in exceptional 2010 debut record ‘The Fool’. The band’s eponymous sophomore album, released last month to positive reviews, sees them continuing on an upward trajectory. ‘Warpaint’ retains ‘The Fool’s winning elements – hazy guitars and hypnotic vocals – while adding trip-hop influences and a heightened ambient music aesthetic. Wong Boon Ken