Richmond-based Alt-Rock artist Wine & Warpaint have teased what is to come on their next EP with the release of the title single, ‘Half to Life’. The evocatively raw radio-ready single pulls together elements of post-hardcore and 2000s pop-rock as the lyrics work with the all too relatable sentiment of feeling like you’ve died and only returned half alive.
Through soaring hooks, soul-exposing lyricism and vocals that would be animalistic if they weren’t so perfectly pitched, Half to Life is persuasive enough to permeate the deepest ennui bubbles.
At the start of the pandemic, I wondered how the collectively suffered devastation and chaos would impact our cultural landscape. Wine & Warpaint gave me the answer I was hoping for. After personally experiencing loss, Wine & Warpaint returned to the airwaves with a renewed visceral intensity. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to hear this amount of sincerity and commitment to conveying connectable emotion.
Half to Life released on March 19th, 2021. You can hear it for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
Review by Amelia Vandergast