Throughout Wavvves the impression is one of a b-sides and rarities collection, of a spot of general knob-twiddling experimentation on a four-track rather than a convincing sophomore effort. The album is a distortion-heavy ensemble of super-slacker-indebted, lo-fi garage-rock with a large dollop of bedroom electronica inserted haphazardly. Although far from the sun-kissed harmonies of pop supremos the Beach Boys, their legacy also lives in this record, buried under mounds of pizza boxes and homemade bongs.
Album highlight is early single `I'm So Bored', a call to arms for those for whom morning-time is but a concept, an iconic surf-rock riff plays out over its close. `Beach Demon' is a lively, fuzzy ode to West-Coast living. `Weed Demon' suggests drug use may be to blame for the meandering on offer, though does come close to hinting at an acoustic Animal Collective track, the distortion for once only gently tanning the production. `To The Dregs' is more of the same, in the `So Bored' vein.
Elsewhere however, it is less rousing. `Rainbow Everywhere' is plainly irritating, aimless and instrumental glitchtronica veiled in large-scale fuzz. `Goth Girls' is a more successful attempt at the same sound and introduces the first of five Goth-titled tracks, continuing the obsession laid down by the first album. Other tracks come across a little like No Age's listless noise but without the hooks, like Jay Reatard's DIY pop-punk but without the tunes.
Williams may be bored now but sorting the wheat from the chaff on any next album should keep him well occupied in the future.