Wild Nothing
Nocturne


4.5
superb

Review

by tarkus USER (16 Reviews)
August 24th, 2012 | 172 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I know where to find you, I know where you go

Wild Nothing’s sophomore full-length Nocturne continues Jack Tatum’s streak of stellar performances unrivaled in dream pop, a genre who’s output is beyond inconsistent, from a horde of bands who take the standard sound and create a decent album worth listening to once or twice, to the exponentially smaller amount of bands who take dream pop and transform it into an experience that stays with the listener beyond the initial fascination and for so much longer. Gemini, the first effort of Wild Nothing is one such album, and the following 7 inch EPs that barely satiate the appetite for more of Tatum’s wondrous music are up to par with the expectations raised by Gemini and then some.

Jack Tatum’s work under the moniker brings out the spirit of youth through the music, illustrating the in-love teenager in all of us; the slightly depressed yet slightly joyous “butterflies-in-your-stomach” juvenile, the side of all of us that exists but is never shown because we are all too busy flexing our muscles and exerting pseudo-macho auras. Tatum says through his music what is on everybody’s mind at some point but for fear of being called a pussy or any number of emasculating insults that ultimately have no meaning, is never expressed. The overall theme here is not unlike those put forth by Robert Smith back in the 1980s, one of love and happiness but also one of love and disappointment, an album both for summer and for winter, just as Gemini before it.

As far as the music goes, the dropped torch that is classic-era The Cure, has been completely picked up again, along with some Smiths and other various ‘80s influences. Yes, like Gemini every single bass line will be stuck in your head at some point in the next day or for every day for the next week after listening, for that matter. Everything about Wild Nothing is catchy, let’s not forget that this is purely pop music at the core, only surrounded by perfectly placed dreamy synths, interlocking guitars, infectious drum beats, and Tatum’s distinctive hazy vocal style laced with his high pitched croon that adds yet another superb dimension to the music.

Similar to Gemini yet with slightly more post-punk influence than the more dream pop oriented debut and subsequent EPs, Nocturne manages to deliver a more than satisfying follow up to the near classic first LP. I would list a few choice tracks as any good reviewer should do, but that would be completely unnecessary because when we’re talking about Wild Nothing, every track is nothing short of flawless and therefore I’m just going to tell you to listen to the entire album.



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tarkus
August 23rd 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

aoty as if anyone expected otherwise

im pretty sure this is released but in case it isnt heres a stream: http://capturedtracks.com/news/stream-nocturne-in-full/

Ire
August 23rd 2012


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

oh my god yes yes yes

album is 2 good

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2012


4453 Comments


Good review, mate. I'll look into this. POS'd.

YankeeDudel
August 24th 2012


9313 Comments


Nice. Ill prob listen to this tomorrow. Liked the few songs I heard.

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Ire
August 24th 2012


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

hey poohead, you got his name wrong. it's jack, not will. negd.

alachlahol
August 24th 2012


7509 Comments


lol will tatum nice one yo guys his name is WILL TATUM ha. love wild nothing

alachlahol
August 24th 2012


7509 Comments


you like this guy a bit too much tarkus calm the fuck down

tarkus
August 24th 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

dude sup yeah dont know where i got will from cos his name was right in front of me the entire time i was writing this

chambered49
August 24th 2012


1727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yesyesyesyesyesyesyes x11087308373



pos, awesome awesome album

tarkus
August 24th 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

feature pls thx pos'rs

Ire
August 24th 2012


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

gr8 album


Ire
August 27th 2012


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

moar like

instantradical
August 28th 2012


214 Comments


Only Heather is frickin awesome.

Ire
August 29th 2012


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

same it's my fave

chambered49
August 29th 2012


1727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

RULES RULES RULES

Ire
September 2nd 2012


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

had a 1.9 avg like two weeks ago lol


GET ON THIS SHIT guh

alachlahol
September 2nd 2012


7509 Comments


too good eeeeeeeeeeerrrrrggggggghgghhgg as long as hawks or potato dont listen to this i can relax and enjoy it

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 2nd 2012


23973 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i keep trying to download this but my connection keeps cutting out as it's about 80% done

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alachlahol
September 2nd 2012


7509 Comments


listen to the stream dogg thats what its there for

Romulus
September 2nd 2012


8447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gave this a quick listen but it didn't sound as good as gemini



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