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Jun
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 98 – WILD NOTHING

WILD NOTHING

We have been big fans of the Chillwave genre ever since we first caught wind of Toro Y Moi‘s 2007 demos.  Since then it’s also blown the likes of Million Young, Washed Out, Neon Indian and many others across the Atlantic on it’s sonic drift.  Not everything has worked out perfectly for the genre however, for some of its spin-off artists hang in the air like stagnant smoke, but thankfully this relatively new movement is often an attractive, perfumed charm.  We’ve covered most of our favourites on this blog, but the one missing piece was Wild Nothing, also known as the solo artist, Jack Tatum, from Virgina.  Why most of this music hails from America’s East coast, when it actually has such a sun-bleached, Californian feel burnt into it, is quite remarkable.  The genre occasionally suffocates in it’s own heavy use of processed, dreamy samples and echoing synths, but Wild Nothing manages to lift each song by creating melodies that swing and flow like a musical Thurible.  The idea of Hauntology is ingrained into Chillwave, with its use of sounds that seem to be the ghost of genres past, revisiting influences and re-introducing them as if perpetrating some kind of musical séance of shoegaze artists from the 80s.  As other-worldly and ethereal as Wild Nothing is, it still has enough strength to stand up.  You can hear a track like Chinatown and reflect on it’s clear influences, such as The Smiths or The Stone Roses at their most Smiths-like best, but it’s also strikingly beautiful and you find yourself humming it for hours after it’s gone.  It’s almost as if it channels that part of your brain you abused as a stoned teenager and, very much like the strongest spliffs, it subsequently leaves the effects ticking over your mind for long periods.  The dope analogy continues when looking at the lyrics, as songs of paranoia and pessimism suggest an element of claustrophobia in the thick mist.  His debut album, Gemini, was released towards the end of last month on the Captured Tracks label and we found it to be a wonderful, undulating wave of collected songs.  Get on board with this talented artist as soon as you can and we’re confident that it will soundtrack your summer.  (MB)

Find him here:        Myspace

Hear him here:        WILD NOTHING – CHINATOWN

Hear him here:       WILD NOTHING – SUMMER HOLIDAY

Hear him here:         WILD NOTHING – CLOUDBUSTING (Kate Bush Cover)

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