Label: Fat Possum Nathan Williams has never been one for welcoming listeners into his world with open arms. In fact, he’s made things decidedly difficult since the first few Wavves tracks spread like wildfire around the web in 2008. Two hastily thrown together records followed. Then, even worse: the singer very publicly teetered precariously on the brink of self-destruction. So it’s with trepidation that we approach this third long-play offering. What is Williams to sling at us next? Sighs of relief all round, though: he has come up trumps with King of the Beach, a record that makes good on Williams’ earliest promise. Showcasing a cleaner sound and packed with super melodies and sunny harmonies, it’s a radical step up from his first two efforts. Yet it doesn’t stray far from the scruffy noise pop, experimentalism and emotional complexities we have now come to expect from Wavves’ output. King of the Beach offers a fascinating insight into the slightly skew-whiff mind of this talented young artist, now well on the way to mastering what could turn out to be an incredibly inventive career.