Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Jack Tatum plays most of the instruments as Wild Nothing, but his favorite is bass. When you hear a Wild Nothing song, you might not notice it at first, but a pulsating bassline is often bubbling underneath the dreamy haze, propelling the song forward. It’s a trick maybe picked up from New Order and Cocteau Twins, but Tatum also cites the extravagant Philly soul sound of the ’70s as an influence.
That lushness is immediately apparent on Life Of Pause, Tatum’s third album, out February 19 via Captured Tracks. Six years ago, he started Wild Nothing in his bedroom at Virginia Tech, but this time around, Tatum holed up in a few L.A. and Stockholm studios. The title track shows off this newfound high fidelity, packing all sorts of details inside its electro-pop framework. And at the center there’s Tatum’s bass bobbing up and down like a heartbeat. Download “Life Of Pause” below.