It hardly feels that long ago that we first got to hear their incredible self-titled sophomore album, but in reality, it has been nearly three years since we last had a release from Warpaint, which goes to show the omnipotent presence they have in the indie scene. With next to no hype behind this return, the swiftly released 'Head's Up' sees the band in a more experimental guise. Something that comes as a great surprise considering their output to date.
Warpaint have always had an edge to them that sets them apart from others in their circle, but the use of electronic drums throughout this album has giving them an almost completely different sound. Much like when Radiohead released 'In Rainbows', we had heard them experiment with a less guitar-based focus, but nothing that resembles the style of 'Head's Up'. But saying that, this new influence definitely suits their preference for the more sombre tones and adds a much more anthemic layer to their songwriting.
It will certainly be a shock to their die-hard fans, especially when they get a taste of the apocalyptic 'By Your Side', but overall, 'Head's Up' is an absolutely fantastic listen. It's playful, bold and interesting throughout, and shows that Warpaint still have plenty of ideas to wow us with.