Album Review | Wavves + Cloud Nothings – No Life For Me

This album is a collaboration between Nathan Williams of Wavves and Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings. Both alternative bands from the US, and there is a good mix of the styles of both bands on offer. I can say from the first listen, I was intrigued and hooked particularly after hearing the second track, How its Gonna Go.

Like many of the tracks on the album, the rhythm section charges along like a steam train at full throttle, much like the sound of Wavves. No surprise though when Wavves cohorts Stephen Pope and Brian Hill are the rhythm section on the album.

It is not over-bearing, but a driving thumping sound. With a searing distorted guitar sound reminiscent of Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, the melodic grind is very catchy. They are not the only special guests on the album, with help from Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, who also performed guitar on the album track Hard To Find. The album was recorded at Williams’ home with production from Sweet Valley (comprised of Williams himself and his brother turn counterpart Joel)

After a few listens I found my self singing along to songs like Come Down and Hard to Find, both different songs, but both like How Its Gonna Go become a good earwig, that makes you want to listen to the album again and again. If you like driving dirty-sounding pumping indie-rock this ones for you.

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