BY SAMANTHA MULLETT
Our featured artist of the week is Wild Nothing’s Jake Tatum, who’s monkey-barring his way through records and gaining momentum with each new release. His senior year at Virginia Tech propelled enough introspection to cover Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting” that shed light on his electro-pop rhythms. Captured Sound cast its net over the one-man wonder in 2010 and produced his first EP Gemini. Recruiting a five-piece band, Wild Nothing soon toured with Grimes and DIIV after the release of Golden Haze. Tatum then came out with an even bigger bang on his third record, Nocturne. The gentle harmonies speak to “where the lines between Jack’s influences and personality have been further blurred.” *
In 2012, Under the Radar magazine listed Nocturne as their Album of the Year, and iTunes dubbed it Best Alternative Album. Wild Nothing soon toured the festival circuit, adding Governor’s Ball, Pitchfork and Coachella to their lengthy performance list.
His latest lo-fi album, Empty Estate, is full of shimmering synths and well-rounded riffs that take a more adventurous route. Influenced by M83 and David Bowie, the tracks thump a little louder and whisper a little softer than its predecessors. With more crisp and simple compositions, Tatum shows his confidence in visionary experimentation. We recommend the 80’s time machine track “Data World,” which makes the album truly worthy of investigation.
Get a little nocturnal yourself and catch Wild Nothing at the Fox Theater September 12th!
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