Warpaint have returned with their first original song in five years with their spooky new single, ‘Lilys’.
The dream-pop four-piece have been quiet since they shared their third studio album, Head’s Up, in 2016. This year, marking a comeback of sorts, they shared a spellbinding cover of Gang Of Four’s ‘Paralysed’ for a compilation record in tribute to the late Andy Gill. Finally, after a nail-biting wait, Warpaint are back with fresh music, and it’s a cosmic comeback.
‘Lilys’ isn’t the headbanging, indie-pop anthem that we’ve come to expect from Warpaint over the last decade. Instead, it’s a dark, eerie, atmospheric number that feels fitting for the previous twelve months we’ve all lived through, and although it would be uplifting to hear another spritely bop from the group, ‘Lilys’ feels like the right song at the right time.
Wayman aptly sings on the first verse: “Honestly, Slowing down is making sense, Waking up the weather has changed, Never understood normal anyway, Only you can come up with your answer.”
“This track started as an experiment,” Wayman notes in a statement. “We were messing around with synth sounds and trying for something textural and almost atonal at times. It wasn’t intended to make its way to our album sessions. But after some mining and editing it became a really nice bed for a melody. It’s one of those things that just flows out without much thought. It’s so sweetly satisfying when that happens!”
Unfortunately, album number four still isn’t quite finished and won’t arrive until at least early next year, so ‘Lilys’ arrives as an appetiser to keep us all nourished while we continue to wait patiently. ‘Lilys’ has been released now because it features on the HBO series, Made For Love, which we should all be thankful for right now.
The opiating, synth-heavy effort is a shimmering return from Warpaint, who continue to show why they are among the most essential alternative acts around.