Hailing out of Virginia, Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum has released an album soaked in 80′s goodness. While not the first artist in the last few years to offer their own take on 80s reverb laden guitars, indie pop hooks and dreamy synths, he has done it in his own way and quite well. In terms of comparison formulas, add the sound of The Smiths, The Cure, Cocteau Twins with the hooks of Pains Of Being Pure at Heart, M83′s take on the 80s, and a vocal delivery somewhere in between Belle & Sebastian and more recently, Toro Y Moi. Tatum brings a bit of lo-fi dreaminess to his music, making it quite unique. Unique but somehow so familiar. Before the vocals kick in you’d swear you’ve heard that guitar lick run through a chorus and reverb pedal somewhere before. Maybe that’s what writing a song with a good hook is all about, it’s so good that it’s instantly becomes an 0ld favorite.
Gemini is one of those albums you can play over and over again, and each time find a new favorite song to key in on. I’m a sucker for sounds like this, especially when they are put together in a meaningful way like Tatum has done here.
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Bonus cover song: Wild Nothing – Cloudbusting (Kate Bush Cover)