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Boomkat Product Review:
Now that the blizzard of distortion heard on Nathan Williams' first two albums, Wavves and Wavvves, has lifted you can really hear the songwriter that lies beneath. King Of The Beach finds one of the more divisive and controversial figures in lo-fi indie rock reaching (something approaching) maturity, recording a proper studio album with discernible vocals and a much clearer grasp on his art all round. The first thing to strike you about this record is just how much it's been impacted upon by Californian skate punk and the sort of angsty power chord rock that came after the demise of Nirvana, but you'll still hear the odd reference to Brian Wilson and Phil Spector-styled epic '60s pop. 'Baby Say Goodbye' and 'When Will You Come?' deploy 'Be My Baby' type beats, and flirt with Beach Boys harmonies, and this sort of cleaner, more melodic sound works well next to the rowdier numbers. 'Take On The World' is one of the more instantly striking songs, featuring some of the echoing falsetto backing vocals that made riotous former single 'So Bored' such a winner, and some of the old fuzzy production traits remain on tracks like 'Super Soaker' or 'Idiot', though not in the way that the old songs were blanketed - only certain instruments get bombarded here - it actually sounds like someone took the time to mix this album. properly. Amongst the hyperactive pedal abuse and brattish rock outings 'Baseball Cards' - if you'll forgive the expression - is a real curveball, adding some electronic nuance to the selection and pointing to the kind of musical variety that might give Williams room to manoeuvre on future releases. A strong set of wily pop-punk songs and a definite step in the right direction for the Wavves project in general.