It's easy to see why Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber lost his shit when he heard Wavves, the solo studio project of San Diego's Nathan Williams. Without a doubt this fuzz-covered noise-punk riff on surf pop sounds like the epitome of cool. It's urgent and lo-fi and easily stands out from the pack sonically.
Unfortunately, intriguing textures and an idiosyncratic vision aren't enough to make a great album. There's mountains of potential here, but the initial hype was premature. If he keeps it together long enough for a second album, Williams may deliver on the promise of greatness. Even if he doesn't, this is the kind of disc that could inspire imitators who might have the musical chops to pull it off.
Top track: So Bored
Wavves rock Sneaky Dee's Tuesday (March 31)