Los Angeles four-piece Warpaint released their fantastic first full-length The Fool on Rough Trade this Tuesday, but if you’re interested in seeing how the girls handle a classic eighties cover, you can listen to their recording of David Bowie’s 1980 hit “Ashes to Ashes.” It’s less dancy and more tender, with plunky, underwater piano taking the place of spacey synths. Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman’s fragile, childish voices, stacked and layered upon one another in the way that makes the band’s original material so haunting, steer the song somewhere different from the original. The guitar work is more Smiths than Bowie; Jenny Lee Lindberg’s wandering bassline is irresistible. Give the cover a listen, but make sure you also check out Warpaint’s first record!
Warpaint - Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie Cover)
The cover is taken from We Were So Turned On: A Tribute to David Bowie, a compilation released a few weeks ago.