Girl Power: St. Vincent, the Dum Dum Girls and Warpaint Album Reviews

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St. Vincent

St. Vincent

St Vincent

St. Vincent is known for her multi-instrumental pop songs. With her self-titled record, she takes a bold step forward and creates something purely unique. Her songs still hold the usual St. Vincent essence, but there is something completely new about this record. I don’t know if I’m wrong comparing her to Lana del Rey, but Annie Clark includes quite a few religious themes in her songs. Just listen to her song “Huey Newton”, and besides, they all sound so dreamy. There’s something almost extraterrestrial about the songs from this record, especially Prince Johnny, which should be the first one you listen to.  There is also an unmistakable 90s pop influence, which can be heard in her song “I Prefer Your Love.” The song reminds me of Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2U”. A beautiful mixture of well strung out themes and sounds created beautiful songs. Just like on her Strange Mercy album, I think by the end of the month, every song from St. Vincent will become a favourite.

 

Fave songs:

Prince Johnny, Birth in Reverse and Every Tear Disappears

 

Dum Dum Girls’ Too True

Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls

The Dum Dum Girls grace us with another amazing record! Their songs have such a distinct sound; listening to any fragment you can tell it’s the Dum Dum Girls. We hear distinct influences from the 80s post-punk era like The Cure and The Jesus and Mary Chain but Dee Dee Penny, front-woman of the Dum Dum Girls, manages songs recognizably different in nature. Listening to “Too True,” I am transported to a hazy and dream-like state, with a lot of witch vibes. Dee Dee Penny wrote the lyrics based on personal stories, but I can so easily identify with what she wrote, which makes me love the songs all the more. The songs are quite short on this record, the longest one “Trouble is My Name” is just 4:03. The best songs are always the shortest.

Fave songs:

Rimbaud Eyes, Too True To Be Good and Lost Boys and Girls Club

 

 

Warpaint

 

Warpaint

Warpaint

Since Warpaint’s self-titled album has been released, I can’t stop listening to “Love Is To Die.” I’m pretty sure everyone else is too. I caught a girl humming it on her way to class the other day. For this record, the band promised a more R&B influence, which the band delivers, beautifully paired up with guitars. Slow and eerie, listening to their song “Hi,” I aimagine an 80s movie with girls running around in the woods with lots of fireworks. A supernatural, witch-y and trippy kind of vibe is present around this album, which I totally love. The intro to “Biggy” reminds me of a remixed Twin Peaks soundtrack.  What can I say? Much anticipation and much waiting was involved and Warpaint does not disappoint.

 

Fave songs:

Love Is To Die, Biggy and Disco//very

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