ARTIST: Wild Nothing
RELEASE: Life Of Pause
RELEASE DATE: 19/02/16
Virginia based ‘Wild Nothing’ AKA multi instrumentalist ‘Jack Tatum’ has been writing, producing & releasing impressive bodies of work ever since his twelve track debut album ‘Gemini’ entered the musical arena back in 2010. Fast forward four albums and his latest melodic release ‘Life Of Pause’ is causing quite a stir within the synth pop fraternity. It had its official release back on 19th February via Captured Tracks (USA) / Bella Union (UK/EU) / Spunk (AUS) / Big Nothing (JAP).
Luscious spears of golden sound pierce the reverb drenched landscape as a whirling droning guitar progression straddles a hypnotic sequenced off beat drum pattern and opens the doors to this albums stunningly melodic opening track entitled ‘Reichpop’. Everything within this track seems perfectly oiled and well thought out as different patterns of instrumentation appear, hug the vocal line and then meld back into the sonic ether. If I was of the right age to appreciate the hazy, experimental, green shoot beginnings of 80’s synth pop I’d imagine it would sound exactly like ‘Lady Blue’. I mean, it has all of the components associated with that era & genre of music but with a modern day twist! Its prominent pop orientated bass & synth progressions, guitar stabs & floating, reverb drenched vocal lines all work really well here.
Track three, ‘A Woman’s Wisdom’ continues in the same vein. This time, guitars are brought to the fore, primarily to announce the arrival of that impressive vocal as the percussion & synths carries the entire track on a wave of impressive melody. ‘Japanese Alice’ is the darling of the online niche radio stations, with its driving noise pop & twee connotations and it’s easy to hear why ‘Wild Nothing’ has attracted the attention of shoegaze, dreampop & synthpop fans alike. ‘Japanese Alice’ meanders through its verse-chorus/verse-chorus song structure & finishes with a little doff of the cap to the modern day shoegazers with a noisy, reverberating guitar progression. Wild Nothing’s cult pop credentials are clearly evident within the synth progressions of ‘Life Of Pause’ whilst the floaty, wavy guitar lines and soaring synth swells of ‘Alien’ are reminiscent of mid 80’s 4AD era dreampop. ‘To Know You’ enters the sonic arena on experimental synth lines and a driving drum & bass attack reminding me throughout of ‘Echo & The Bunnymen’. This is followed up with stunning piano stabs, shimmering acoustic guitar lines & hazy vocal progressions as ‘Adore’ opens its colourful sonic wings and lets fly with melodic splendour. ‘TV Queen’ is another slice of 80’s synthpop while the moody & experimental reverb drenched tones of ‘Whenever ’ puts a different spin on the 80’s pop theme.
The albums closer ‘Love Underneath’ is six minute plus cacophony of shimmering sound waves weaving in and out of synth orientated pop, melodic vocal lines & shimmering guitar stabs. A fitting closer to a great album.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.