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Wild Nothing - Nocturne

Released: 27/08/2012 Bella Union
Wild 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:
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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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