Wild Nothing

Introducing part one of Austin City Limits as seen through the analog lens of acclaimed music blog Gorilla vs. Bear—presented by Topman and Nordstrom Men’s Shop for your visual and auditory enjoyment.

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Vampire Weekend

Smith Westerns

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White Denim

Wild Nothing

ACL Airstream | Furry festival-goer

Autre Ne Veut
[also pictured up top]


Hand-selected by Gorilla vs. Bear—
a few favorite songs by bands pictured above:


[Photos by Gorilla vs. Bear and Faith Silva—using film from The Impossible Project.]


New York record store Other Music (15 E 4th St, NYC) is curating a selection of new releases this week at the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop. Hear more of Other Music’s favorite records here and here.


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


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[Video and album art courtesy of Captured Tracks.]