Though it’d be harsh to use whether an artist signed or not as a yardstick for their talent (especially considering the deals that people like Frankmusik and Scouting for Girls have earnt themselves), it’s still a good indication of where they’re at. Even more reliable is which label they’re releasing stuff on. You can generally bank upon any band that’s been out on Woodsist is going to be amazing, and Upset the Rhythm are pretty much always on target. Similarly, Rough Trade have been taste-making for decades now, and with a current roster that reads like a who’s-who of great alternative music, it’s nice to see a band like Warpaint added to their ranks.
Based in L.A., these three women make a wonderful, dreamy sound that hooks you in from the opening twinkles of their guitars. They’ve managed to cultivate a psychadelic influenced sound all of their own, which often dabbles on the border of Florence and the Machine without any of the boredom that the ‘Lungs’ songstress harnesses. They’ve got a 5-track EP coming out at some point this month, followed by an album early in the new year. Expect it to be quite a long one, too – their tracks regularly come in at over 5 minutes, but they’re captivating throughout. Check out some of their tracks below. The particularly ‘Billie Holiday’ is a highlight, with it’s haunting refrains of ‘My Guy’ pasted over the band’s signature stripped back sound:
Many thanks to Gerlin from Neon Enlightenment for this suggestion.