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Since the births of their respective bands, Nathan Williams and Dylan Baldi have made tremendous leaps in their musical craftsmanship en route to establishing themselves as preeminent forces in indie rock. So when the pair announced that they would be joining together to create a Wavves and Cloud Nothings collaborative record more than a year ago, the possibility for something truly great emerged. And now, with the release of No Life For Me, that possibility has been realized in an extraordinary way.

After a very Cloud Nothings sounding introduction on 'Untitled I,' the record revs its engines on 'How It's Gonna Go' with a caustic blare of stinging guitars announcing the arrival of Nathan Williams' signature nasally delivery. "I'm such a fucking mess," he snarls, "Don't know at all how it's gonna go." This punchy punk vibe flawlessly gives way to a melodically oscillating guitar riff, sounding not unlike a Bernard Sumner lick, backed only by a drum kit as Baldi's significantly more calm and warm voice buoys the track before it segues directly flawlessly back to Williams. This game of pitch and catch is done with precision and the ball is never once dropped, but it never feels sterile or boring. Instead, it feels like the work of two masters of pop-punk operating on full cylinders. Listeners will be treated to distinctively Wavves moments and distinctively Cloud Nothings moments, as well, but what makes this record so great it how seamlessly the lines between the two blur.

The album's third track, 'Come Down', would be a prime example of this. Baldi takes the lead microphone, as his vocals slink over chugging guitars, feeling like a low-riding Cadillac cruising alone at night beneath the orange hue of street lamps. Pop-punk bliss comes in its purest form on 'Nervous' when the duo harmonizes most clearly and the thwack of Brian Hill's snare jumps out from the mix with alarmingly clarity. A thick slur of guitars follows immediately on the album's title track, but they never obscure or impede the album's unimpeachable ability to craft magnificent melodies. Through all the genre dabbling that occurs within No Life For Me, as Wavves and Cloud Nothings experiment with post-punk and noise in addition to their typical domains of pop-punk and almost straight-forward guitar pop, the attention to melodic craftsmanship is never once shirked or forgotten. Every song on this record is an immediate earworm.

Perhaps the only negative of No Life For Me lies within its runtime. Clocking in at a remarkably brisk 22 minutes across nine tracks, two of which are untitled instrumental interludes, this is an album that leaves the listener begging for more at the end. While this is a fast paced punk rock record, which do not typically run very long, it is of note this record is only about a minute longer than Wavves' Life Sux EP and is substantially shorter than every other LP in either band's catalogue.

And, interestingly, there could be more hiding somewhere in the computers of Williams and Baldi, as a previously touted appearance from Vampire Weekend's multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij no longer appears on the record. It could be being recycled for the Wavves album that is slated for release in August, or it could be part of scraps simply left off this release. Either way, it is curious to see that the pair elected to leave off such a big name that had been previously advertised.

But when it is all said and done, this hardly seems to be a problem, as the record will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria from its raucous form of rock and roll. Wavves and Cloud Nothings have delivered a superb collection that will appeal to fans of both, as well as damn near anyone who has yet to explore either of these groups. No Life For Me might be fast, but my god, will you enjoy the ride.

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