Editors' pick

Wavves

Indie
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Editorial Review

Last year Wavves (a.k.a. Nathan Williams) emerged from the crowded, static-filled indie-rock underground thanks to an abundance of pop hooks that fought through the fuzz of his lo-fi home recordings. His songs about boredom and emptiness weren't complicated but plenty dynamic and tuneful. Williams's next album isn't due out until August, but it ditches the scratchiness, keeps the catchiness and takes on a brawny, '90s alt-rock sound that could propel him to big things. Openers Cloud Nothings could find themselves on a similar trajectory. Frontman Dylan Baldi is still in his teens but has proven himself to be among the best around at creating jittery, distorted lo-fi gems.

--David Malitz, May 2010