REVIEW: Wild Nothing – “Nocturne”

[August 28th 2012 – Captured Tracks // Find it at: iTunes | Insound]


Somewhere buried in the haze of Nocturne is Jack Tatum’s heart and though it’s layered by sentimental nostalgia, it chomps at the bit to help Wild Nothing break out from the confines of ordinary dream pop. The Virginia songwriter’s project may favour insomnia over industrialization but his sophomore breakout marks a transition where minimalist jams prevail and unearth a side of shoegaze that’s truly organic. And the tones that come to fruition are delicate and staggering; rhythms on “Shadow” and “Disappear Always” flower as rich rock musings whereas a track like “Only Heather” locks lips with ambience only to serve up a psychedelic croon and a dream-weaving guitar. Ocassionally, Tatum loses himself in the record’s density and the name Wild Nothing but his confessions of unwarranted addictions and old and new love are so carefully handcrafted that falling into some new pattern or brilliant texture just feels right. Those moments spill the blood of a true classic even if it keeps you caught up in your own sensitivity.

Check Out: “Only Heather”, “Midnight Song”, “Shadow”

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