Wild Nothing: Nocturne
Jack Tatum graduated from college and he’s back on his sophomore effort.
Second album from these spacy dream-poppers. I think the theme here is “Orchestration”, especially in comparison to their last album, and really, I think it works very well for them. Just about no element of these songs is sonically alone. It’s a bit of a gamble having it all so tied together like that, but it pays off. The hooks are effective, and always sit nicely in a lush, dense soundscape — a credit to the production as well as the song-writing. They’re not pushing any boundaries here, but the melodies are strong enough that it’s not too same-y, and is definitely a nice listen.
RIYL: Real Estate (Come on, I already know you like Real Estate, you’re a DJ here), Deerhunter, Reverb.
Recommended Tracks: 2,3,5,1 (If you like one, you probably won’t hate any of them. Probably.)
Reviewed by Marc Schroeder on Aug. 24, 2012.