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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Wavves
Wavvves
Fat Possum

Rating: 8.2/10 ?


July 13, 2009
Like most notable acts of our blogged era, Wavves' reputation precedes them. This, and a now infamous public meltdown at Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival, is ultimately what derailed the initially well-received duo before they were really ready for takeoff. San Diego guitarist Nathan Williams, and drummer Ryan Ulsh, quickly became favorites in early 2009 with their sophomore release, the defining Wavvves, which caught the attention of tastemakers of the indie sphere, including fellow no-fi duo No Age. The sea of hype that followed, in combination with some drug experimentation gone awry during a grueling tour schedule, has sidelined the band only a few short months after its inception.

Big on 60s surf-rock, Wavvves displays typically sun-drenched Californian melodies either filtered or forced through an ocean of distortion. Though the contrast might seem counterintuitive, SoCal's brand of fuzz-rock is the one of the moreinfluential contributions to one of today's multi-hyphenated scenes.

Wavvves is a voyeuristic view of youthful disenchantment. Williams petulantly moans through "So Bored," not too far from Kurt Cobain's transcedentally shrugged "Oh well, whatever, nevermind" sentiment that instilled a generation earlier. Between stretches of ghoulish ahs and las, its chomping, repetitive percussion matches Williams' recounted growing pains, which goes double for the equally droning "No Hope Kids." And while Wavvves flirts with the experimental line, it (thankfully) stays rooted on terra firma, unlike their previous album's intergalactic "Spaced Raider" and "Yoked."

On tracks like "Beach Goth" and "To the Dregs," Williams assures you are only an ollie away from snappy, twist-worthy drumming, a tangle of guitars, and a cascade of cymbals. Whether or not Wavves is an official causality of hype at this level remains to be seen. If they ultimately self-destruct as they appear to be these days, their legacy is hopefully remembered for self-produced fuzz-rock and sloppy onstage antics. More importantly, hopefully they're remembered.

Reviewed by Lara Longo
Lara Longo is a writer and photographer from Brooklyn, NY. In 1989, Lara received her first CD player and album, Appetite for Destruction; ever since, music is something she has fawned over, hated on, and played loudly. Her work has also appeared in Relix and New York Cool. Lara’s interests include sharks, European television, and the Hammond B3 organ.

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