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Exquisite Corpse [EP]

Warpaint Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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WARPAINT is a Los Angeles based quartet comprised of Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), Theresa Wayman (guitar/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums). To say that this follow-up is "highly anticipated" is an understatement considering the reception that their debut received when it was released at the end of 2010, and the excitement at their recent sold-out ... Read more in Amazon's Warpaint Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Manimal Vinyl
  • ASIN: B002LIZWTI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stars
2. Elephants
3. Billie Holiday
4. Beetles
5. Burgundy
6. Krimson

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BBC Review

Offering only six tracks, this introduction to Los Angeles quartet Warpaint is unlikely to initially represent value for money to many, given it retails at a price comparable to many full-length albums these days. But such is the impression left by one listen to Exquisite Corpse that it’s perfectly pitched: it’s an enticing taste, one that absolutely leaves the listener craving more. A bargain at twice the price.

The band’s sound will appeal effortlessly to anyone swept up in the understated splendour of The xx’s silence-celebrating compositions – just like the young Londoners, Warpaint respect the balance between stirring (yet soothing) sounds and their surrounding stillness. Contrast is everything, and they perform these songs while exhibiting the sort of restraint-embracing sensibilities that will set them in good stead for an album proper in 2010. It’s a magical brew, familiar yet wonderfully fresh to ears repeatedly beaten by noisy newcomers mistaking media attention for ability.

Opener Stars is all spectral, frail vocals and a guitar that echoes through the dark like a voice from an otherworldly dimension – its sound is somehow detached from the present, as if the preserved indentation of something more solid. It’s gorgeous and simply constructed, its percussive pulse barely registering beneath lapping washes of beauteous melody. Elephants is brasher, but even at their most boisterous Warpaint respect control, underpinning bassline repetition keeping their aim straight and true.

The real show-stopper is Billie Holiday, where the band take the central lyrical hook from Mary Wells’ Motown hit My Guy and thread it through an arrangement that borrows its haunting qualities from such similarly arresting efforts as Telepathe’s Can’t Stand It and Cat Power’s The Greatest. The influential singer of its title would no doubt approve of such an impossibly tender, deeply affecting song bearing her name. It’s one of those calling-card tracks that can make or break a band – like Chairlift’s Bruises, or José Gonzáles’ cover of The Knife’s Heartbeats. Only the (near) future, though, will tell if it leads to greater things for its makers.

Hopefully it will, as this listener for one is now primed for a full album of this wonderful fare. Fingers crossed, but at the same time if Warpaint were hurried to a debut long-player it could adversely affect their splendid slightness. Here’s hoping they’re willing to play a patient game, just as The xx were. Both are terribly delicate, but equally mightily talented. --Mike Diver

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recomend 9 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you are into rock music and looking for a band with that alternative edge, this debut EP from the American all-girl alternative rock band Warpaint may be perfect for you. After listening to their latest release 'The Fool' I bought this and was just as blown away. With the soulful vocal harmonies, funky rhythm section, uniquely collaborative songwriting and a guitar sound Robert Smith would envy, Warpaint have separated themselves out from other rock bands and made a great initial effort.

Note that this physical EP also has a bonus track, 'Krimson'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SO so good 6 Feb 2012
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this cd took me two listens to get into, but once i did, warpaint became my favourite band. Beetles is an amzing song and my favourite. Burgundy is recorded live, and i think you loose out on some of the harminies that are more equally balanced in the rough trade recordings, but the song is still great.

the best thing about warpaint is the way their songs do not follow the generic song structure, but often change suddenly. however this does not make the songs dissjointed, it makes them intricate and fascinating.

the style of the music is nothing new, but the songs are excellent. the harmonies are haunting and it all feels overwhelmingly genuine.

"Warpaint" their full length cd is also brilliant. i would recomend purchasing both, listen to them a few times and i promise you will love them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mick McManus' High Wasted Trunks 25 Jan 2012
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Music to warm the cockles of your heart. This album gets better and better over time. Too many releases receive 5 stars. Don't know if the bands friends write some of these reviews but rest assured this is not the case here. This is their best release by far and everyone i play it to falls in love with it. Reminds me a little of Sonic Youth Evol - no bad thing. Only wish it was longer - FABULOUS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Corpse 17 Jun 2013
By Jade-
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Overall I'm a very big fan of warpaint, great album! The product came fine with no damages and was happy with the product when it arrived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic whimsical 30 Dec 2012
By lyra
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Bought this on a whim 18 months ago having seen them on a Glastonbury 2011 video. Excellent album. Warpaint are an all girl LA indie band with a whimsical, floaty sound and interesting time shifts. I listened to this and their other album almost exclusively for a couple of months when I first got it and am still not tired of it. They may take a little getting used to. If unsure check them out on their website, they have lots of free videos you can watch or try you tube.
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Warpaint are an absolute special band and it's hard to tell which of their albums is my favourite. But if I had to chose, it might even be their first EP. It starts with a song that couln't be more beautiful, it is a shame that they don't play it live anymore. Stars and Beetles are the best Songs on this EP but I would happily buy any music of this quality, anytime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite... as the title suggests 30 Nov 2012
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The very first time I heard Warpaint, I liked them. Now, I simply love them.

Elephants was the first song i heard, and thought it was amazing. The slightly distorted vocals are brilliantly topped only by the instrumental sections. Elephants though is only one part of this 6 part EP, with each song complementing the other perfectly. Their sound is an acquired sound that for some could take a few listens to get into, but if you simply like well composed, well produced records with hint of "I did this in my bedroom" then this is brilliant. Though the songs are fairly slow, they have a vibe that takes you to a summer place.

I bought their album "The Fool" first, which is seemingly in the wrong order, but purchasing this is the perfect partner for their full album, and the progression is already apparent.

A highly recommended piece from an under rated band.
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