Jennylee: Right On! review – Warpaint bassist's vague, hazy solo debut

(Rough Trade)

Jenny Lee Lindberg has spent the last 11 years playing bass in LA indie group Warpaint. For her debut solo release, she drops her surname, commandeers a bandmate (drummer Stella Mozgawa), and clings tightly to her parent band’s brand of hazy and understated post-punk. Right On! is underpinned by subtle grooves and thoughtful dissonance: lead single Never pairs a Transmission-esque bassline with wayward drums, while Blind presents droning, dismantled blues and Offerings sounds like the work of a goth-rock Orange Juice. It’s certainly a fun album to root around in, but to find its lasting appeals requires close and repeated listening. The problem is that – as with Warpaint – the music here possesses neither the gratifying melodies nor the personal charisma that might encourage that level of attention. Lindberg’s voice is not distinctive, and her lyrics are either indecipherable or wearyingly vague; in fact, there is really nothing arresting about her presence here.


Rachel Aroesti

The GuardianTramp

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