【review/rate】wild nothing / indigo

released 2018, captured tracks.

Jack Tatum’s new wave-meets-indie guitar pop brainchild Wild Nothing unleashes its fourth album today, “Indigo”.  Only a little over two years after third LP “Life of Pause”, which, while fantastic in its own right, was a work that I wasn’t entirely the fondest of. “Indigo” features Tatum reigning in his creativity and perfecting his ideas with a new layer of expertise and polish.

There’s something for everyone on this album, and Indigo manages to simultaneously maintain a level of cohesion that’s tighter than previous efforts.  The singles extracted (“Letting Go, Partners in Motion, Shallow Water, Canyon on Fire”) all put different strengths and sounds on display, and I found them to be great choices, as well as some of the strongest offerings on the record.

A particular favorite of mine would be “Letting go”, a track reminscent of 80s guitar pop with a delightful chorus and a spectacularly performed arrangement. Love those synths.  “Wheel of misfortune” is also one of the strongest tracks, a midtempo that fuses indie pop and soul into a killer song. There’s a tambourine in the mix, and the guitar chords are eerily similar to those in Lush’s “I Have the Moon” cover, and I definitely dig that.

  1. Letting go ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Oscillation ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Partners in motion ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Wheel of misfortune ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Shallow water ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Through windows ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. The closest thing to living ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Dollhouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Canyon on fire ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. Flawed translation ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. Bend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Must-Listen : Letting go, Wheel of misfortune, Bend, Shallow water
The singles are a fantastic starting point if you’re new to Wild Nothing, and Wheel of misfortune is simply marvelous.
Skip : N/A!
Indigo is another one of 2018’s strongest albums, and I couldn’t find a single track to pick apart.  The tracklist works in and out of order, so you can jump in anywhere and end up liking it.

You can stream “Indigo” on Spotify and Apple Music.
Purchase digital or physical copies on Wild Nothing’s Bandcamp.

 

 

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