12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jack Tatum makes music as Wild Nothing and sounds about as removed from his home of Blacksburg, Va., as one could imagine. As he sounds a bit like a blend of Cocteau Twins and Atlas Sound, the songs on his full-length debut, Gemini, are mostly willowy and ethereal, but they’re tethered to a sturdy and sinewy backbone. “Chinatown” waltzes through a timeless, misty tableaux of wispy vocals and plucky guitars, with a faint verse/chorus/verse skeleton, while tracks like the plucky and fantastically sticky “Summer Holiday” and “Our Composition Book” have a jangly melancholy the evokes Johnny Marr and The Smiths. Tatum uses his charmingly imperfect falsetto on “Confirmation,” darting in and out of hazy keyboards and shyly bubbling guitar and bass lines. His voice takes on a darker, flatter intonation on songs like the murky “Pessimist” and the bittersweet “Live in Dreams.” Gemini is a beautiful, aural space that’s great for getting lost in. It sometimes feels like a record Ariel Pink might make if one day all the weird drained out of him.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jack Tatum makes music as Wild Nothing and sounds about as removed from his home of Blacksburg, Va., as one could imagine. As he sounds a bit like a blend of Cocteau Twins and Atlas Sound, the songs on his full-length debut, Gemini, are mostly willowy and ethereal, but they’re tethered to a sturdy and sinewy backbone. “Chinatown” waltzes through a timeless, misty tableaux of wispy vocals and plucky guitars, with a faint verse/chorus/verse skeleton, while tracks like the plucky and fantastically sticky “Summer Holiday” and “Our Composition Book” have a jangly melancholy the evokes Johnny Marr and The Smiths. Tatum uses his charmingly imperfect falsetto on “Confirmation,” darting in and out of hazy keyboards and shyly bubbling guitar and bass lines. His voice takes on a darker, flatter intonation on songs like the murky “Pessimist” and the bittersweet “Live in Dreams.” Gemini is a beautiful, aural space that’s great for getting lost in. It sometimes feels like a record Ariel Pink might make if one day all the weird drained out of him.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings
36 Ratings

I love it!!

KyiMitch

This album is awesome! My favorite song is "Drifter". So relaxing!

Gemini.

drewlah

Love this album

Anybody remember a UK band called "The Wake"?

FlownOver

The synths here are straight out of the mid-80's... nice fat analog string sounds. Very reminiscent of The Wake circa "Here Comes Everybody". Very enjoyable album.

About Wild Nothing

Jack Tatum, formerly of Jack and the Whale and Facepaint, began making his shimmery, synth-washed indie pop recordings under the name Wild Nothing in the summer of 2009. Emerging at a time when a handful of C-86-esque groups (e.g. Crystal Stilts, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart) were in vogue, Tatum's project garnered a bit of buzz with a synthy, glimmering cover of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting." Captured Tracks picked up Wild Nothing soon after the project's first demos came out, and it wasn't long before Tatum recruited bassist Jeff Haley, guitarist Nathan Goodman, and drummer Max Brooks to round out the group's live sound. Wild Nothing's first single, Summer Holiday, was released on Captured Tracks before 2009 came to a close. The band's debut full-length, Gemini, was released in the spring of 2010 and garnered Wild Nothing all kinds of critical acclaim. After releasing a follow-up EP, Golden Haze, near the end of 2010, Captured Tracks reissued Gemini in February of 2011 with the addition of Tatum's cover of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting." For his next record, Tatum worked with producer Nicolas Vernhes at his Rare Book Room Studios. The result was 2012's album Nocturne. Another stopgap EP arrived in 2013 in the form of the stylistically scattered Empty Estate EP. After a move to Los Angeles and some time spent rethinking his musical approach, Tatum and producer Thom Monahan began working on a new album. Recorded in Sweden (with contributions from Peter Bjorn and John drummer John Ericsson and marimba player TK of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra) and Los Angeles (with Medicine guitarist Brad Laner), Life of Pause's intricate arrangements and slick production marked a step forward artistically for Wild Nothing. ~ Margaret Reges

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