Along with Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing comes as a huge asset to the Captured Tracks roster. Following fast on the heels of two great 7"s comes Jack Tatum's full length, Gemini, and it more than delivers on the early promises laid by singles. Taking a stroll through an 80's wonderland of nostalgia, the opening strains of "Live In Dreams" seem custom cut from the excess spools of John Hughes films; filled with that perfect mix of youthful longing and premature ennui. From there Tatum wanders easily through bits of synth pop, sweeping bittersweet flourishes and the tattered pages of drum machine diaries. He occasionally slips into the same tip-of-the-tongue quality that The Pains of Being Pure at Heart inhabit; familiar but just out of reach songwriting. And similar to The Pains' Kip Berman, Tatum has the ability to synthesize his influences without ever actually replicating them. A true gem that will be on repeat well throughout 2010.
[MP3] Wild Nothing - Summer Holiday
[MP3] Wild Nothing - Chinatown
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