Release Date: May 18, 2018
Record label: Caroline
When Warpaint first emerged back in 2010 with exquisite debut ‘The Fool’, it was the quartet’s hypnotic interweaving melodies that immediately lifted them above the pack. An eight-limbed animal, theirs was a sound that was all about action and reaction, their members deftly batting rhythms between each other, twisting in a graceful sonic dance. Without her other three foils, you’d be forgiven for fearing that guitarist Theresa Wayman’s solo debut as TT would lack some of the seductive charm of her main band.
Opener "Mykki" sounds like the self-titled album, with washes of retro synth set up against sequenced drums and breathy vocals. It's the kind of sensual pop Warpaint do incredibly well. A little later, we get album highlight "The Dream". It's a groovy, down-tempo banger with thudding percussion sounds, densely layered atmospherics and Wayman's distinctive murmur pushed deep into the mix.
It's always interesting when a band as collaborative as Warpaint splinters out into its component solo parts; seeing what elements of the band's shared sound are retained, which new ones are added and which are discarded when its members stray from the flock. Sometimes an artist's voice can emerge with a far more clear and direct form when it no longer has to jostle for space with other egos and styles (see Bjork, Thurston Moore and Frank Ocean), at other times it can falter alone in this newly expanded space, ending up flailing around frantically awaiting accompaniment or desperately fleeing back to the familiar and settling for a pale imitation of their original band's sound (see Joe Strummer, Emma Bunton and all of the guys in KISS). 'LoveLaws', the debut record from Warpaint's Theresa 'TT' Wayman, is not the first extra-curricular release from the band's camp.