January 29, 2013

Hear New Sound: Wavves' "Demon to Lean On"

Surf-scuzz punks Wavves will reascend their King of the Beach thrones just in time to usher in the spring sunshine when their third album Afraid of Heights arrives on March 26th via Mom + Pop. This time around, the duo of Nathan Williams of Stephen Pope make a final leap outside the lo-fi circles they began to cross on their sophomore effort by entering the studio with producer John Hill, best known for his work sculpting glossy pop hits for Santigold and Rihanna. Afraid of Heights also boasts a guest spot from fellow "baked goods" aficionado Jenny Lewis and -– according to Williams -– includes themes that revolve around "depression and anxiety, being death-obsessed and paranoid of impending doom." The album’s first listen "Sail to the Sun" didn’t necessarily indicate much of a sonic or moody overhaul within the band’s heat crunch ranks, but its latest track “Demon to Lean On” is definitely one worth giving a closer listen to, as Hill’s tweaks fill out Wavves’ fuzzy flourish while offering up bummed out pop-punk. Put your weight on Wavves’ shoulders below...

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