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Editors’ Notes

The side project of Nathan Williams from the lo-fi indie-surf band Wavves (along with his brother Kynan Williams and some help from Rihanna producer John Hill), Sweet Valley’s 2012 debut album Stay Calm plays with a noticeably higher fidelity and takes more experimental risks in comparison to Wavves. Opening cut “Total Carnage” pitches down the only vocals here before looping analogue drones over skipping beats. The following “Suzuka 9 Hours” similarly sequences a harpsichord sample alongside vintage synthesizers, handclap rhythms and a kitschy Theremin. Williams’ love for bygone West Coast surf tones resurfaces in the aptly titled “Malibu Games” as he layers various electro accoutrements over a scratchy old 1960s beach blanket party soundtrack. The standout title-track blends clouded hip-hop beats with skittering high-hat samples, synthetic snare and muted old keyboard tones to make for an indie-chillwave gem of an instrumental. “Sidewalk Surfer” zips and zings with the flowing cool of 1970s skateboard footage found in those old DogTown movies. “Eight” cleverly ushers in some glitch production which is contrasted nicely here by a repetition of old school surf-guitar samples.

Customer Reviews

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There just isn't much else out there like this, especially not as a side project! If you like Wavves, a little electronic or both, then stop wasting time by not listening to this album.


wavves and kynan have used some amazing samples/beats. on repeat.

Great album

little bit like Ratatat, real rad


Formed: 2012

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '10s

Straying away from the fuzzy, narcotic beach punk of his main project Wavves, Nathan Williams began Sweet Valley in the summer of 2012 as a "production team" in the summer of 2012 with his brother Kynan Williams. The duo worked loosely with Rihanna producer John Hill, adding sunshiny guitars and murky hip-hop beats to slowed-down samples. Nathan Williams was quoted in an interview saying the project's goal was to "make a soundtrack to getting drunk this summer." Sweet Valley's...
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