Wild Nothing - Nocturne - 2012 Indie Synth Dream Pop Rock LP

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Wild Nothing - Nocturne

Label: Captured Tracks ‎– CT162LP-C1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue
Country: US
Originally Released: 2012
Released: 15 Jan 2016
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

A1 Shadow
A2 Midnight Song
A3 Nocturne
A4 Through The Grass
A5 Only Heather

B1 This Chain Won't Break
B2 Disappear Always
B3 Paradise
B4 Counting Days
B5 The Blue Dress
B6 Rheya

Companies, etc.
Exclusive Retailer – Newbury Comics
Design – Jack Tatum
Drums – Jeff Curtain (tracks: A1, A3, A5 to B2, B4 to B6), Michael Skattum
Layout – Ryan McCardle
Legal – David Jacobs
Management – Jake Friedman
Mastered By – Joe Lambert
Photography [Cover Photo and Inserts Courtesy Of] – NYC Public Library
Photography By – Shawn Brackbill
Producer [Additional Production], Mixed By [Additional Mixing] – Jack Tatum
Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – Nicolas Vernhes
Songwriter – John Tatum
Newbury Comics exclusive color vinyl pressing, 500 copies
Album includes 6 interchangeable cover inserts with lyrics and digital download.

The debut album was a beautiful collection of lo-fi, reverb-drenched dream pop. Comparisons were drawn to The Smiths, The Cure, Joy Division, New Order, and a variety of other 80's new-wave bands. The comparisons are apt: Tatum's music lends a lot of tonal cache to the nostalgic bands of decades past. Wild Nothing's music isn't unoriginal though; while it may be inspired by the work of others, Wild Nothing is a band that could have only existed now. The band's second album, NOCTURNE, feels like GEMINI with a bigger budget. It's not quite as lo-fi, but the same shoe-gazing soundscapes are here.

Lead track "Shadow," (and also one of the album's singles) is an immediate mission-statement. Most of what you need to know about the album can be found in its first track: reverb-drenched vocals, an airy and loose quality to the instrumentation, romantic lyrics -- it's all represented here. "Paradise" takes listeners on a strange sonic journey that leads through multiple arrangements, sustained by Tatum's more baritone vocals. "This Chain Won't Break" and "Disappear Always" are a little more grounded than Tatum's normal dream-pop work, and the detour proves to be a successful one. While Wild Nothing is good at being romantic and dreamy, some of the most successful songs feature the band playing to their most "normal."

Fans of Beach House, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, or The Horrors (more recent output) would be advised to check out Wild Nothing's work. While I still prefer their debut, GEMINI, NOCTURNE is a solid listening experience. Essential tracks
"This Chain Won't Break," "Disappear Always," and "Shadow." This album proves that GEMINI wasn't a fluke and that songwriter Jack Tatum is a musical identity to keep an eye on

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Condition New
Format LP
Label Captured Tracks
Color Black