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Album Review: Wet Paint - 'Woe'

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Album Review: Wet Paint – ‘Woe’

It’s a far more welcoming environment for a rawer and less cosy take on the whole [a]Pavement[/a]/[a]Sebadoh[/a]/[a]Sonic Youth[/a] vibe these days than when [a]Wet Paint[/a]’s debut [b]‘It Rots’[/b] appeared in 2009.

Singer Babak Ganjei, formerly of doleful London alt.country types Absentee, has a terminally unimpressed English tone that lends these chunky, solid and satisfying songs a more genuinely homemade feel than the American-accented likes of [a]Yuck[/a], bringing it closer to Graham Coxon’s solo work or forgotten ’90s alt heroes Tiger.

Though themed around such uplifting ideas as age, regret and despair (summer’s here, folks!), the album’s predominant vibe is warm and easy, and we’re glad to say ‘Woe’ is us.

Emily Mackay

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