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Wavves is the usual tale of a kid messing about in his parents garage, recording some songs and then the whole thing getting out of hand exacerbated by the speed at which the Pitchfork led blogosphere blasts previously unknowns into (in)fame(y) before they know whats hit them. After several high profile scrapes, Nathan Williams has a bit to prove to get people talking about the music again. The album certainly starts off like an express train blasting off with high energy pop punk surf nuggets that have instant classic written all over them. A few songs in the album starts to feel a little muddled Wavves has certainly been listening to both Panda Bear and Deerhunter as several songs are a muddy mix between the two. This stuff would be impressive if literally everyone else wasn't doing it. Phil Spector, Brian Wilson through a lo-fi prism, heard it a billion times before. Williams is much better when sticking to the proto pop punk mantle as on 'Take on the World' and 'King of the Beach' where the music truly excites with its adrenaline rush of guitars and clattery drums. Its very much like Apples in Stereo super fast, fuzzy, brief 'Velocity of Sound' album. Good, fun, catchy pop but probably nothing too much more.
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