WILD NOTHING, Nocturne (Captured Tracks)
“Wild Nothing’s 2010 debut, Gemini, was able to break loose from the boutique-label holding pen because the textures and scope of Jack Tatum’s songwriting had ‘major league’ written all over it, but that album was recorded quickly and cheaply on laptop computers. For his follow-up, Tatum trades up to a proper recording studio (for at least some of the tracking), and the result is a sound that is warm and dusky.
“Singles like ‘Shadow’ and ‘Nocturne’ are more sparsely orchestrated than anything on Gemini, and Tatum achieves lush textures without hundreds of synth or guitar overdubs. For guitar tones, he raids the road cases of ’80s arena rockers, with echo and chorus pedals cranked all the way up to replicate The Edge and pretty much every song ever recorded by The Church
“Each tune fades in and fades out, entering and exiting gracefully—the technique recalling the waxing and waning of the moon, an image that is evoked on the album’s cover. Wild Nothing’s songs champion romanticism in sound as well as aesthetic, and the marriage of the two on Nocturne is just about perfect. Tatum is the king of the paisley new-wave pack.”
—Michael Stasiak for Other Music
[Video and album art courtesy of Captured Tracks.]