Warpaint:The Fool 

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Warpaint
The Fool
(Rough Trade)

If CMJ's Music Marathon is still a way to detect trends, then it seems a big one this year is moody, reverb-heavy, female-led bands. While Warpaint's hypnotic slow burn puts them in the company of Zola Jesus, Tamaryn, Young Prisms and Lower Dens, The Fool scrapes the vocals clean of murk, leaving pristine harmonies to swirl through echoey synths, post-punk basslines and intricate guitars—the collective sum being too delicate to venture into drone. As singer/guitarist Emily Kokal (her low tones strike the earthiness of Cat Power's, her highs sound like Bjork, and her middle ground recalls a top-40 pop star) leads the atmospheric sprawl through shades of darkness and light, it sounds quite pretty, but ultimately Warpaint leaves something to be desired: melody.

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