California rock outfit Warpaint made their way to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Thursday night as part of the ongoing Celebrate Brooklyn! series. Hearkening back to trip hop groups like Portishead and Massive Attack, with a sprinkling of 70s jam bands, they dove into a lush landscape of ambient experimentation--sparse guitars playing off of rich vocal counterpoint with bouncing bass behind them.
Jenny Lee Lindberg’s lockstep bass lines engaged with Stella Mozgawa's electronic snares, hi-hats and hip-hop beats to create a hypnotic low end beneath the ebb and flow of synths and vocals. Emily Kokal’s guitar jangled like that of The Smith’s Johnny Marr. Theresa Wayman and Emily Kokal’s mischievous vocals roared with remorse and purpose – especially on their hit song “Love is to Die.”
The group was preceded by local Brooklyn outfit, Yellowbirds, who offered up a number of twangy rockers in fits and starts. Their wistful brand of guitar-driven indie rock was slow at first, but managed to get the crowd moving a bit by the time they were done.
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