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Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Released: 27/08/2012 Bella UnionWild Nothing is the studio alias of Jack Tatum, who follows up his critically acclaimed debut with a second album of reverb-heavy dreampop. New single ‘Shadow' suggests why he's caught the attention of new label Bella Union – lush interplay between guitars and synthesizers, with a haunting vocal that Robert Smith would be proud of. For more information visit: http://bellaunion.com/2012/06/bella-union-sign-wild-nothing/ Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nocturne-Wild-Nothing/dp/B008AVYNU4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=13… Watch:
Drowned In Sound“A highly enjoyable record...” So with such a flawless, distinguished back catalogue to live up to, Tatum and band had to pull something extra special out of the hat. While Nocturne has obviously taken a while in the making, it's certainly a more polished affair...
NME“Pleasurable, but it’s not exactly exciting...” All reverb-ridden, dreampop haziness and washed-out vocals, it’s an album that favours evolution over revolution. This is fine. The title track whips up more than a whiff of the Fleetwood Macs with its dappled guitar lines and coos...
allmusic“A meticulously crafted album...” There's no "Summer Holiday" this time out, but all the record's 11 songs are deeply memorable with subtle and long-lasting melodies. Some, like the jangly love song "Only Heather" or the string-filled and beautiful "Shadow," sound like hit singles...
The Line of Best Fit“Errs on the side of caution a few times too often...” Tatum will produce something better than this in the future. He may yet produce something better than Gemini – as it stands, Nocturne is a necessary album in his progression as an artist, rather than a great one...
BBC“Smart, sophisticated and of its own pop moment...” A thread of references to night time and dreams runs through the aptly-named album which contributes, as do the underplayed orchestrated strings and synths and the soft percussive beats, to a downbeat, restrained atmosphere...
Pitchfork“Tatum is one of the best songwriters in this field...” It's hard to imagine anyone who dug Gemini jumping ship here-- Nocturne is a richer, comparatively luxurious listening experience, but it doesn't sound flashy or ostentatious...
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77% 3 Winters