Tagged: Emily Kokal



In a continuing effort to expand on my musical palette, I’ve come across this group of talented young women that originated in the city of Angels a decade ago. It’s funny how you come across groups that you think are new, but they’ve actually been putting in years of work on the road and in the studio, but are just now getting their due when you find out about them. Anyway, Warpaint’s “Love Is To Die” is a pretty amazing song. It’s very flowy and flowery yet simultaneously depressing and dark. The lead vocals and lyrics are haunting and piercing, giving the listener the feeling of the lump you get in your throat after your significant other gives you the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech. You can tell that Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa have been through a few things from this song from their self-titled album released earlier this year. An interesting factoid: former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusicante actually mixed this bands debut EP Exquisite Corpse in 2008. Given the recent press love given to them from the likes of BBC and NPR, it seems that a decade of the indie grind is paying off for Warpaint. Have a listen to “Love Is To Die” below.