You wait six years for a new Warpaint album and then two come along at once, although this second one seems to have been created by an Irish 5-piece called Just Mustard. Or, if I’m being less of a reductive prick about things: I really like Just Mustard’s dark, moody new album Heart Under, which calls to mind similarly atmospheric indie bands like, for example, Warpaint. 23 is the first track on the album and is instantly magnetic, with a level of quality and conviction that remains throughout.
Just listen to those drums! They are truly incredible: so much energy and raw angst, and when paired with the restrained huskiness of Yanya’s vocal and the late addition of distorted guitars – with melodies reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins – it’s hard to tell whether it’s 2022 or 1992, but it really doesn’t matter as this is SO FUCKING GOOD.