L.A. quartet Warpaint have released their new track, “Stevie,” alongside an immersive video made in collaboration with Fascinated By Everything, an art and technology collective created by Chris Holmes. Fans can watch the video below and watch the fully immersive version made for Oculus here.
“Stevie is a love song, pure and true,” the band says. “Sincere as it comes with a little bit of Freak. A cosmic celebration of the thing we all look for in life. And our contribution to one of the most beloved song genres.”
“Thinking of visuals for ‘Stevie’ we weren’t seeing a story or a performance, but a kind of ‘Tunnel Of Love’ image kept coming to my head, more like waves of serotonin, what love feels like,” Warpaint’s Emily Kokal says about the video. “Right around that time Chris showed us what he was working on and it was like, ‘Woah, this is way more ‘Tunnel Of Love’ than we could’ve imagined!’”
“All of the visuals are made from physical objects, so all of the light color and texture come from the real world and not just computer-generated graphics,” Holmes says about the video. “It’s been such a joy to work with one of my favorite bands, Warpaint and collaborate to make some inter-dimensional kaleidoscopic beauty to radiate some love and light into this world.”
The band will also make their live return with a run of shows in the U.K. and Europe this spring with global dates to follow. See full tour routing below.
In the six years since 2016’s much-lauded Heads Up, Warpaints four members—Emily Kokal, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mozgawa and Theresa Wayman—have been busy living. Babies, jobs, tours, solo albums, intercontinental and cross country moves all became priorities, presenting mounting logistical challenges to getting the band back together, as they say, and allowing a little space to think “what if we didn’t?”
Eventually, though, each of the women found themselves drawn inexorably back together. Warpaint is as much a home for them as a band, having been together for nearly 20 years. They had just completed the foundational tracking sessions with co-producer Sam Petts-Davies (Thom Yorke, Frank Ocean, Skullcrusher) when the pandemic hit and they were forced to retreat to respective safety.
What followed was the making of a wholly different Warpaint album. Physically separated by the pandemic, each musician recorded her parts separately—often in makeshift home studios—before sending on to the next, creating songs layer by layer. Deciding to delay the release until they could tour allowed them to further hone each track, spending more time building and rebuilding than they had in the past. The result is a body of work that is sharper and more focused than any of their previous, each song as tight, beguiling and proud as a diamond.
“I was saying the other day that we should’ve called this album “Exquisite Corpse”, but it was already taken,” jokes Kokal, referring to the title of the band’s debut EP. Radiate Like This captures what’s always been the magic of Warpaint—the delicate interplay of four separate parts coalescing in motion—while somehow allowing each individual to shine a little brighter.
May 9 La Cigale Paris, France
May 11 O2 Academy Bristol, United Kingdom
May 12 Albert Hall, Manchester United Kingdom
May 13 SWG3 Galvanisers Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 14 National Stadium Dublin, Ireland
May 17 De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill, United Kingdom
May 18 The Roundhouse London, United Kingdom
May 20 Huxleys Berlin, Germany
May 21 Live Music Hall Cologne, Germany
May 22 Fabrik Hamburg, Germany
May 24 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 26 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
May 28 Progresja Warsaw, Poland
June 1 Zorlu Performing Arts Center Istanbul, Turkey
June 3 Primavera Sound Barcelona, Spain