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The 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

45. Wavves, TBA

Release Date: 3/26/2013
Label: Mom + Pop

He might have been busy with some other projects in 2012, but for the most part Wavves' Nathan Williams was in the studio working on his band's fourth full-length. He and bassist Stephen Pope worked with producer John Hill, whose resume includes M.I.A. and Santigold, and the resulting tracks blend sounds both old and new. There are some acoustic cuts along with rapid-fire punk jams, with the latter being evident on lead single "Sail to the Sun." There's also a heavy hip-hop vibe, which should come as no surprise if you have followed Williams last year. He and his little brother, who together form Sweet Valley, put out several beat tapes and Williams even appeared on Big Boi's Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.

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