Warpaint’s first album, The Fool was enchanting, sounding half like a seance, half like a soulful surprise. There was an order to it, something that bound it all together. But with the release of their latest, self-titled album, the coolest women in L.A. began sounding a little less sure of their direction. While that LP has some stunning tracks, at times it can be scattered, which also made their show last night at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom seem scattered. It’s noticeable when an old song like “Undertow” comes calling, and in those moments, you see why Warpaint is one of the most compelling live bands around today. There is nothing egregiously wrong with the new songs or the way they are performed. They just disrupt the flow and force you out of the web the band spins so well. Either way, the band is trying on a few hats right now. Most fit and when they do, it’s something to see.
Warpaint @ Wonder Ballroom, May 1, 2014
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