Wild Nothing: Nocturne Review (Double Take)
It can be difficult to gain a balanced perspective on an album after reading a single summary of the music. Bias can tilt a review, as can personal taste, history and just about everything else that is unique to the person writing it. So in an effort to offer an expanded perspective in such a medium, here are Two reactions, Two impressions, Two Takes on Nocturne by Wild Nothing.
When Gemini came out by Wild Nothing, the artwork as well as the music provided immediately threw me back to the 80s and placed it in today’s context which made it sound very ethereal and atmospheric. If anything, Nocturne, the follow up, closely resembles music I remember from such groups like Morrissey meets The Cure, where it takes the synth pop alternative sound to places that are out of this world, and this is echoed tenfold on the maturity displayed on the end of summer jam, “Through The Grass,” the almost moody umbrage of “Only Heather”, and even utilizing the dance like drum overtures on “This Chain Won’t Break.”. Wild Nothing’s “Nocturne” in the end is especially great music for the end of summer/beginning of fall season.
I was knocked out by the head in the clouds, lo-fi dream pop the Wild Nothing crafted on his really solid debut LP Gemini. He is back with his second Captured Tracks released LP Nocturne, which takes the same dreamy approach and adds a layer of sleek production to the process. While this process (going to the studio, polishing the edges) can often lead me to feel less conntected to an artist, the process actually works really well with Jack Tatum’s well manicured sound. The sound is still the rich melodies wrapped in bubbly reverb of his past work, but there are slight changes (like live drumming) in addition to the more advanced production methods that add a more full sound to Tatum’s songs. While his live set on his first tour stop here (at the Turf Club left a lot to be
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