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Boomkat Product Review:
Having previous appeared on the Manimal Vinyl label, all-girl LA quartet Warpaint release their debut album for Rough Trade, produced by Tom Biller (Karen O, Liars) with mixing from Andrew Weatherall and Adam Samuels (Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam). The band have attracted a certain amount of buzz in the build up to this release, thanks in part to high profile touring slots with the likes of The xx, The Walkmen, Yeasayer and Band Of Horses. Unusually for a record steeped in a certain amount of hype, The Fool is a fairly understated affair that announces itself with the spooky, skeletal strains of 'Set Your Arms Down', interweaving roaming basslines and strands of echoing guitars. 'Warpaint' is similarly arid in its constitution, acquiring a chorused, Cure-like aesthetic that serves to highlight Emily Kokal's soft yet magnetic delivery. 'Shadows' proves to be a spirited mid-album highlight, retaining its reverberant, meandering momentum to the very end, yet there's a certain amount of bagginess here, with each of the nine songs exceeding the four-minute mark and often feeling rather lived-in by the time they reach their raggedy conclusions. The lack of concision gives these songs room to develop a specific atmosphere however, and certainly The Fool has a dark, cobwebby feel that's all its own.