11 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jack Tatum’s chiming, ‘80s-style indie-pop under the Wild Nothing name has always struck a keen balance between abstract and direct, couching pop-minded songwriting in atmosphere so plush you could probably catch a decent nap in it. A richer, more elaborately arranged album than Gemini and Nocturne, Life of Pause adds Steve Reich-style marimba patterns (“Reichpop”), fluttering saxophones (“Lady Blue”), and newfound sonic clarity to the mix, channeling the sumptuous detachment of post-Berlin Bowie and focusing Tatum’s dream without ever disturbing it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jack Tatum’s chiming, ‘80s-style indie-pop under the Wild Nothing name has always struck a keen balance between abstract and direct, couching pop-minded songwriting in atmosphere so plush you could probably catch a decent nap in it. A richer, more elaborately arranged album than Gemini and Nocturne, Life of Pause adds Steve Reich-style marimba patterns (“Reichpop”), fluttering saxophones (“Lady Blue”), and newfound sonic clarity to the mix, channeling the sumptuous detachment of post-Berlin Bowie and focusing Tatum’s dream without ever disturbing it.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

TooWhiteSpeis ,

Awsome

My body is ready.

PayneLive ,

Wow....just wow... A whole, new edge.

It is currently 3:37 A.M. in the morning. I started listening to the full album at midnight on Spotify before I bought the whole album. Instrumental-wise: he has plenty of reverb as always typical in his style of music, but also presents Rhythmic xylophones (Reichenpop) and omnipresent saxophone (TV Queen and Whenever I). Overall, this album is sporadic, a different Jack Tatum we have never been accustomed to seeing, and it fantastic stranger in the night. With his mystifying lyrics and diverse musical influences (somewhat 80's pop and even edgy jazz), Wild Nothing is over the brink of exquiste beauty in the form of musical structure.

JZwimmer ,

Sleekly Produced Indie-Art Rock/Pop

Wild Nothing, aka Jack Tatum, has released another outstanding record, full of dreamily lethargic vocals and fuzzy guitars/synths, as well as healthy doses of reverb. The lyrical scope of the album is abstract and ambitious, tackling big life questions and leaving them open-ended. It seems that ambivalence and uncertainty are prevalent themes running throughout these songs. Musically, everything here is slightly more muscular than what we're used to hearing from Jack, but it works. Pleasingly repetitive yet just eclectic enough to save it from falling into monotony, Life of Pause is a professionally crafted record that would be the perfect accompaniment for a small, chilled out house party (substances included lol).

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