Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Music Review: Wavves - Wavvves (***)

"Historically speaking, San Diego isn’t what one would consider a musical hotbed for upcoming young talent. Even the city’s best known and most beloved artists - from Pinback to The Black Heart Procession to the whole John Reiss orbit of Rocket From the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes – haven’t exactly tipped the Elbo.ws charts, let alone those of the Billboard variety. So the fact that Nathan Williams, the young San Diegan behind the Wavves moniker, has been able to organically manufacture and nurture hype (i.e. through shows and small-run singles) for this, only his second full-length and first for the Fat Possum label, is respectable in and of itself. Of course, this nice groundswell of anticipation for William’s not-quite-self-titled sophomore album Wavvves could be seen as right-place-right-time blog visibility, as similar band’s like No Age and Vivian Girls are currently sitting at the highest level of mainstream exposure their ever likely to reach. It would, that is, if the 14 songs that comprise Wavvves didn’t feel so urgent, passionate and meticulously arranged. " [Continue Reading]

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