Genre: dreampop, shoegaze, post-punk revival
Jack Tatum’s stylistically driven work caught everyone’s attention in 2009 when he started his own music project under the name Wild Nothing. In 2009 bands like The Pains of Being Pure At Heart were dominating the scene with the fuzzy shoegaze and sweet pop undercurrents. Tatum came in with his own unique brand of this, but he made himself distinct in the scene with his mellow glittery synths and buttery vocals.
The new single “Letting Go,” highlights the care Tatum has taken in crafting his unique brand of work influenced by the sounds of synth-pop, alternative dance, dance-rock, post-punk, and new wave–all frameworks spawned out of the 80s and early 90s. Tatum acknowledges that the tradition and pays homage to these artists with his up beat melody driven track.
As melancholy lyrics describe a jilted lover dreaming of happiness, and attempting to overcome his despair of being betrayed by a lover.
I want to be happier now
I want to be more than closed
Surreal, the way you made me out
The way you crashed me down
Yet, “Letting Go,” isn’t the typical break up ballad. The lyrics describe a monumental life changing heart break, but the upbeat guitar melodies emote an hope for happiness in the future.
It is a fine line artists tread, should they shy away from traditional frameworks for their genre? Some reject the groundworks for fear of being repetitive and cliche. Instead Tatum embraces the aspects of what made legends like Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, New Order so unique and memorable. These are the types of bands that are still part of the shoegaze/ dream pop consciousness, they are what defines tradition, and Tatum respects that. Tatum acknowledges that tradition is important when crafting music that will remain relevant and venerated in the future. He elaborates,
“I wanted it to sound like a classic studio record, as close as I could get it there. It just boils down to me wanting to fit into some larger narrative, musically, in terms of these artists I love… I think about how my music will age. Ideas of ‘timeless’ are going to be different—so if Indigo is not timeless then it’s at least ‘out of time.’”
I’m looking forward to listening the rest of the album and seeing where I can place Wild Nothing in the larger musical narrative. It will be interesting to hear what Tatum’s interpretation of “timeless” entails. We will have to wait for hazy August for the new album “Indigo” to be released. If “Letting Go, ” is any clue to what is to come, I’m hopeful that Wild Nothing will be a band I’m still listening to in 30 years.
Songs you might like:
- “Allison” – Slowdive
- “Pulling Our Weight” – The Radio Dept.
- “Kaleidoscope” – Ringo Deathstarr
- “Cherry-coloured Funk” – Cocteau Twins
Artists you might like: New Order, The Radio Dept. , Beach Fossils, Beach House, DIIV, Real Estate, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Ringo Deathstarr
Kenneally, Cerys. “Wild Nothing Returns with News of Fourth Album Indigo and Lead Single ‘Letting Go.’” The Line of Best Fit, 5 June 2018, www.thelineofbestfit.com/news/latest-news/wild-nothing-new-album-indigo-new-single-letting-go.