Album: Warpaint, The Fool (Rough Trade)

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The Independent Culture

Warpaint aren’t the typical sunny LA girl group. Gothic with a g somewhere between upper and lower case, their looming basslines and spidery guitars interweave with meandering melodies and mediaeval harmonies which sound like Miranda Sex Garden fronting The Cure.

Sometimes they’re so subtle you check your speakers to ensure they’re working; other times they attain a heady Cocteaus swirl. They aren’t doing anything new, but they’re an oft-beguiling curio.