Published on August 26th, 2012 | by greg0
Wild Nothing: Nocturne:: Review
Two years isn’t a long time to incubate an album but it’s what is expected in today’s world of ever changing tastes. This might add some pressure to an artist especially if they’re working on a follow up to a successful debut. Sophomore slumps are endemic in the music industry and can prove to be a career ender for many musicians. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with Wild Nothing’s album Nocturne which is the stellar successor to its forbear Gemini. On Nocturne, Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum has crafted an album waist deep in the sounds of the eighties that simultaneously sounds fresh and exciting.
Nocturne is a breezy, dreamy album but there’s more depth to it than that. Jack Tatum writes his lyrics with duality presenting both light and shade. The characters that inhabit Nocturne’s songs are flawed but realistic with their hopes and dreams. Speaking of the songs, Nocturne finds itself in strongly influence by both The Cure and Peter Gabriel. You could call it dreamwave, shoegaze or synth pop, it doesn’t really matter as much as the fact that you’ll be listening to this album well into the winter. The moment that first wash of keyboard and strummed guitar hits on “Shadow,” you’re stuck in Tatum’s web. Other highlights include the percussive “This Chain Won’t Break” and the angular “Disappear Always.”
Nocturne is a solid effort that needs to be listened to repeatedly. Extensive listening to Nocturne should be no problem as the album is exemplary.