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19 September 2011

Music Video Monday - Warpaint "Warpaint"

By Nancy Woo

This video for the song "Warpaint" by the band Warpaint may already have 118,000 views on YouTube, but we think it's a huge fish in a big sea, and still excellent enough to post three months after its premiere. Warpaint is an all-girl indie rock band that's made quite a splash lately, gracing the cover of NME magazine and attracting people with their hypnotic vocals and mesmerizing guitar lines all rolled into gorgeous, sprawling otherworldly anthems.

The music video for "Warpaint" is unique and captivating, themed perfectly for the tone of the song. Some of the underwater camera work where the girls are swimming in those long, elegant dresses is simply breathtaking, and notice that they are actually singing underwater and coming up for breath in slow motion. Ted Newsome, director of the video, does some very nice work, from the optical illusions in the fish-eye scenes to the overall skipping-record, old film style
. I love that the video switches back and forth between black and white film for the modern day scenes, and beautifully digital color for the mystical underwater scenes.

Excellently crafted in a style that fits the understated art rock glamour of these four babes, "Warpaint" is a video worth watching, sharing and watching again.

Warpaint - "Warpaint"

The song "Warpaint" is off Warpaint's 2010 album
The Fool, via Rough Trade Records.

Warpaint is Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (vocals/guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums).

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P.S. This is my favorite YouTube comment for the video: "have you heard of the song warpaint? it's so underground it's underwater"


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