Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Wild Nothing is the latest form of one-man-band Jack Tatum (also of surf pop band Facepaint), whose February formed shoegaze project signed on to the Captured Tracks label this year. He's just released his sun-soaked debut single Summer Holiday on 7" (which you can order here) and announced plans for an as of yet untitled debut LP next April.
In terms of genre, he slots in nicely next to all the bands i've been featuring recently - he has the airy dream pop vocals of projects like Toro y Moi and Small Black, combined with the pop sensibility of Girls, and the lo-fi pop sound of Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls. Everything about his music has the dreamy laid-back feel of late summer nights and careless evenings with warm, fuzzy guitars, sleek distorted vocals and buzzing synths.
There's a feeling of quiet optimism and content in and amongst every element of the lo-fi recording - and its that which turns Summer Holiday into such a song of the summer. The track is a carefree anthem and epitomises everything both Tatum and his label are about. He's signed on amongst some of the finest Lo-fi artists last year had to boast (Woods, Dum Dum Girls, The Mayfair Set) and is all set to become next years equivalent. The new LP is definitely one to watch in 2010, and Wild Nothing should be all set to sustain musically what his label-mates started. Pick up Summer Holiday, plus his cover of Kate Bush's Cloudbusting below.