The artful, baleful music of Warpaint is persistently enveloping, drawing over your ears a thick, heavy curtain of post-punk, art-folk, ambient-rave-prog-rock, and other previously nonexistent genres. The all-female LA quartet's debut album The Fool never reveals its entrancing mysteries, despite countless compulsive re-listens. NED LANNAMANN
After dropping the vowels from their original name, Pivot, the Sydney-based, Warp-signed PVT released Church with No Magic, the follow-up to 2008's O Soundtrack My Heart. But where they left the vowels, they found a voice. The synthy, mostly instrumental post-rock/prog pollination of O Soundtrack My Heart has made way for experimental vocal treatments, brighter tones, and ricocheting beats that bounce off the walls of Church with No Magic. The Aussie trio isn't minimal or restrained by any regard, and they fill all available gaps with a busy, multi-tracked assault of synthesized elements that constantly bombard the listener at that point where darkness meets daylight. And you'll be wide awake to experience it. TRAVIS RITTER
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
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