This single from Warpaint was featured on their second album- self-titled ‘Warpaint’- which was released in January of this year, some 4 years after their debut ‘The Fool’ in 2010. Disco//Very follows the trend of the other tracks on Warpaint. I’ve read a lot of reviews for the album and what I’ve gathered is that it’s one of those albums that require patience from the listener. It may take a half a dozen listens before you start to get it. Guitarist and vocalist Theresa Wayman said she didn’t like the first album as she felt it was ‘crammed’ and featured too many instruments. The whole band have made it clear that they much prefer their follow-up- which is lucky after 4 years working on it. ‘Patience is not a quality music fans are known for’ Alex Petridis in his review for the Guardian earlier this year. And I’m definitely included in this. Listening to this song for the first time, I thought it was nothing special and pretty bland. But after hearing it again recently, listening properly, and straining with every fibre of my being to be patient, it began to grow on me.
It really is a weird song, and I think that’s why I like it. With twisted lyrics like ‘she’ll eat you alive’ and ‘we’ll rip you up and tear you in two’ in drowsy, echoed vocals. The track relies heavily on percussion. It’s not a complex drum beat but it provides the song with its essential pace gives the listener the same feeling as the vocals do. Something which was surely intended by the LA four-piece. The bass on Disco//Very makes me think of Bull In The Heather by Sonic Youth. This twanging bass from Jenny Lee Lindberg takes the song in the same direction as the other components. It sounds rough and unpolished, but in a good way. To me, the track has a whole has a very eerie feel to it.
I would recommend this song but you have to give it time. It’s not an in-your-face, catchy pop song, but you might just come to like it. If you look beyond it’s immediately obvious eccentricity and brashness, it’s a carefully produced piece of music and a really good song.
Warpaint filmed a double video for both Disco//Very and another track from their second album called Keep It Healthy. It’s a great video so I thought I’d share the link with you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie6plcFQ330
Written by Sam White