With so much music being out there these days, it’s easier than ever to find whatever style you’re looking for. However, too often that’s all there is: that genre and nothing else, nothing more. Warpaint provide substance to their atmosphere, meaning to their dance, on Heads Up.
Now a few years & records removed from being the ‘next big thing’, Heads Up definitely finds a comfortable and confident Warpaint, doing exactly what they want to do. But what they want to do is never simple. One can dance to a number of numbers on the new album, but pieces such as “Whiteout” and “Heads Up” go dark and slow. There is seduction to “New Song” and “So Good”, but it feels tragic, almost lamenting attraction.
Heads Up came after the various members of Warpaint took time off for their own separate projects, and the new record does have perhaps too many directions (see the unfocused “Don’t Let Go” and “Dre”). But it does well more than just be.