Wild Nothing
Gemini


4.0
excellent

Review

by AggravatedYeti USER (46 Reviews)
June 10th, 2010 | 90 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Virginia native drops a debut of well constructed dream pop with a foot planted firmly in the jangle rock of years past.

Working backwards is usually a pretty tricky turn to pull when concerning music, at least in the sense of a honest, innocent crack at an homage. Take the emergence of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart last year, with their self-titled debut, they took a hearty whack at the lush honey comb that was the stupidly infamous Sarah Records catalog. With their feet firmly planted in the jangly twee pop of the Field Mice and Orchids the band strode out strong with their debut, unabashedly aping the shy-guy pop of their musical forbearers -- but it worked. Wild Nothing, or Virginia native Jack Tatum, could easily be held in the same regard with his texture heavy debut Gemini. Though Tatum makes a solid attempt at building on the sound, as opposed to trying to perfect it; his debut is still a delightfully familiar yet innately obscure pop record sopping with hooks, great turns of phrase and melodies that damn near incessantly demand replay.

Like Pains, Tatum presents his debut bursting with nostalgia, from it’s jangle-pop heavy tracklist to his lyrical lamentations of youth and past love, he flaunts the Micey hooks and lush MBV guitar tones with admiration instead of imitation. Tatum seems to understand that he’s not being all that original and doesn’t seem too concerned. Good considering his greatest strength it is how he expands the sound. The dainty twee melodies and shoegazer accents are brought up from their trebly roots, Tatum infusing his music with a distinct warmth; deep bass lines that keep the songs grounded regardless of how adamant they are about floating away. Almost Disintegration -esque in the execution and much like the Cure, Tatum embellishes his woozy syths and wispy vocals on Gemini with cavernous production -- the whole album sounds greater than the sum of it’s parts. This doesn’t feel like a one man project, but a fully fleshed out long player crafted by a few reasonably talented musicians; not some dude out in Virginia with a lot of time, a big heart and some forlorn desire for the ‘good ol’days’ of twee. But again, when playing with nostalgia as your backdrop, that should be the whole point. Wild Nothing don’t just present a debut dripping with the jangly pop and dreamy melodies of old, but one that makes you forget that was ever any time in between. Which is the point of all good homage’s, to take us back, to remember why something was so good in the first place, not why we’ve since forgotten. Gemini thankfully is a blissful breeze backwards in time, but one that feels more progressive with each spin.



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AggravatedYeti
June 10th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

uugghhh my Java is f'ed so I can't edit this. wtf mozilla?

album is boss btw.

Ponton
Emeritus
June 10th 2010


5806 Comments


I have a lot of problems editing as well, but the review is great though Yeti, not much to worry about

Digging: Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were

Parallels
June 10th 2010


6643 Comments


this is looks good. really good. pos'd nice yeti

AggravatedYeti
June 10th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh damn it I think my sputnik is broken : (
also thanks Jared & Sonic, mucho appreciated

here's a link to one of the best songs on the album + the video is great.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMIKnbjquVE

klap
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2010


10510 Comments


fuckin' yetidreampop.com

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

AggravatedYeti
June 10th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dayum right.

yo son...Lakers. : |

also get this rudy you'd like it.

klap
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2010


10510 Comments


don't talk about it

AggravatedYeti
June 10th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but its so hard!
KOBE!!!!!!!

*is quiet now* : |

Foxhound
June 10th 2010


4570 Comments


sounds interesting.

Bitchfork
June 10th 2010


7584 Comments


at an homage.

fix.

AggravatedYeti
June 10th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx, will do when not javafucked.

EVedder27
June 10th 2010


6088 Comments


how aggravating is that?

AggravatedYeti
June 10th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

extremely

Bitchfork
June 10th 2010


7584 Comments


as extreme as immolation? that extreme?


Bitchfork
June 10th 2010


7584 Comments


hahah mozilla. i gots me the aol dial up i is cool

EVedder27
June 10th 2010


6088 Comments


extremelyaggravatedyeti

now that is just terrifying

Bitchfork
June 10th 2010


7584 Comments


Evedder did you get a chance to see that William Control review where ObjectivismIsALie namedropped you? it unfortunately was deleted..

AggravatedYeti
June 10th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

as extreme as immolation? that extreme?


its like having to listen to Gilbert Godfrey read the script to White Chicks 3 inches away from your ear.

EVedder27
June 10th 2010


6088 Comments


I did not, what did it say?

haha yeti I like that

alachlahol
June 11th 2010


7501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i saw a review for this on pitchfork couple days ago and was going to mention it to you but you've got it covered why did i ever doubt your resolve



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