Album Review: Wild Nothing – Indigo

Wild Nothing have returned. The indie dream-pop project from Jack Tatum was finally unveiled the long-awaited follow up to the stunning 2016 record ‘Life Of Pause’. The record cemented Wild Nothing as a truly defining dream-pop outfit and with ‘Indigo’, the band has further cemented their legacy.

‘Indigo’ sets off to a flyer with ‘Letting Go’, a fully fledged indie-pop experience that offers electrifying energy and dreamy riffs that set the tone for the record. “It’s getting hard for me to reframe all those shifting memories” sings Jack over mellow bass lines, drums and luscious synths. The track bursts to life with jangly guitars and layered vocals that energise the track further. ‘Oscillation’ with its combination of synth and acoustic guitar offers an experience that replicates some of The Cure’s finest tunes. Moments like the Californian vibe of ‘Partners In Motion’ and its percussion led drum machines and funky bass line is one of the strongest moments on the record. It points to a slight change in style for the group, giving a strong impression that lasts throughout the record.

‘Wheel Of Misfortune’ follows that trend, adding pop like grooves and catchy lyrics that blend with reverb filled piano chords. The track sounds fresh, inviting and fun. Tatum’s lyrics wash over the record like a wave of brilliance. His strong vocal performance is a real treat for pretty much anyone, and on the melodic and soothing ‘Shallow Water’, we hear his dreamy style taken to new and exciting heights.

The record shifts it’s production and sounds to the next level on “Through Windows”. A funky and delicious offering with a saxophone that penetrates your mood to groove. It is an infectiously danceable moment on the record that strays away from the dreamier, more sentimental moments on the record. ‘The Closest Thing To Living’ is a sprawling atmospheric number. It’s powerful hooks and vocal harmonies along with airy kicks give an almost 80’s pop feel to the song. The hypnotic interlude moment in the form of ‘Dollhouse’ snugs in-between the atmospherics of ‘The Closest Thing To Living’ and the jangly indie-pop of ‘Canyon On Fire’.

The closing moments on the record are a continuation to this sprawling sunset-esque cali vibe, with the breezy ‘Flawed Translation’ acting as the penultimate track on the record the introduction of string segments that flutter through the track come at a pleasant surprise, that meets the poppy and M83-esque harmonies of the final track ‘Bend’, which offers a more dreamy pop experience than most tracks on the album. It builds and crashes tremendously, acting as a perfect conclusion for this record.

Jack Tatum’s venture into melodic, airy soundscapes that fuses a magnitude of instruments pays off. ‘Indigo’ is their boldest effort yet and breathes new life not only into the band and their sound but into the ever-growing dream-pop genre itself.