After talking about the Cocteau Twins/Smiths/Shop Assistants-inspired haze of Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing on the dreamy “Confirmation” (and appropriately airy take on Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting“), I suggested you should keep your eyes peeled for a Captured Tracks full-length. Well, that 12-song collection, titled Gemini, is due out in May. I’d liked what I heard, but this is more impressively rich, nuanced, and enjoyable than I expected. Not all of it’s a surprise: Wild Nothing regulars will recognize the aforementioned “Confirmation,” “Summer Holiday,” and “Drifter”, etc., but the Blacksburg, Virginia songwriter offers plenty of new angles. See, for instance, ebullient standout “Chinatown.” You wouldn’t be wrong to grab for your old Orange Cake Mix CD-Rs after listening.
Wild Nothing – “Chinatown” (MP3)
Gemini is out 5/18 via Captured Tracks. In case you missed the “Summer Holiday” b/w “Vultures Like Lovers” 7″, here’s the A-Side:
You can hear more at MySpace. He’s playing a show in someone’s cabin in a few days. If you’re near Blacksburg, you should go.