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Wallows | Nothing Happens | Album Review

Atlantic
Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Off their first EP release in the spring of 2018, Wallows released their first full-length record Nothing Happens on March 22, 2019. Surprisingly, the Los Angeles-originated indie rock trio features a familiar face; lead by Dylan Minnette—Clay from 13 Reasons Why—listeners would never guess that the group features two actors-gone-musicians from the quality and excellence of the music released. 

Reminiscent of their Indie genre sibling, Bleachers, Wallows creates a fun, airy-sounding record perfect for sunny California vibes. Full of plenty of reverb, the production and lyrical value of the record is outstanding for that of a debut album. The album, obviously meant to be listened to in order by track listing, eloquently transitions from track to track with perfect fade-ins and fade-outs. “Only Friend” transitions impeccably into the next track in the list, “Treacherous Doctor,” without a skip or realization that there’s a new song beginning to play.

The 11-track record—each track perfect for the soundtrack to a coming-of-age teen romance movie, like Love, Simon or The Perks of Being a Wallflower—takes listeners on a trip with lyrics about love and growing up. Tracks like “Scrawny” are an ode to self-confidence with lyrics like, “Used to be level with all my friends / Still wear the same shoes I did back then / I don’t think they’ve ever been untied / I can’t regret the things I don’t try / I’d switch it up, but I don’t like change… And tell me I’m a / Scrawny motherfucker with a cool hairstyle.” 

Other notable tracks on the 39-minute-long record are tracks like “Ice Cold Pool” that treat listeners to a 70s disco vibe with heavy bass and synth influences; “Sidelines” and “Are You Bored Yet? (feat. Clairo)” epitomize the struggles and trials of a new relationship.

Nothing Happens is the perfect debut release from Wallows and greatly illuminates the band’s musical ability while creating a relatable album that’s easy to dance along to.

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