Wild Noth­ing

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★★★ Indigo CAP­TURED TRACKS. CD/DL/LP Into the blue with Blacks­burg, Vir­ginia’s most tena­cious in­die dreamer.

Jack Ta­tum’s fourth al­bum as Wild Noth­ing is in thrall to a ro­man­tic, sepia-tinged pop past; the Vir­ginian singer­song­writer run­ning his own lit­tle pri­vate mu­seum of The Cure, The Smiths and Roxy Mu­sic (there’s a few shoegaz­ing relics in the cab­i­nets kept out back for con­nois­seurs). Ta­tum sings about the ri­tu­als of “se­lec­tive mem­ory” on the or­ches­tral gloom Os­cil­la­tion, and Indigo – a ti­tle in­spired by the omi­nous fu­tur­is­tic glow of mo­bile phones, not a nat­u­ral ally of Ta­tum’s hazy nos­tal­gia – is a metic­u­lous act of in­die cu­ra­tion. Every song is ar­ranged beau­ti­fully – AOR sax­o­phone on Part­ners In Mo­tion, de­pres­sive Dis­in­te­gra­tion-style chimes on Canyon On Fire – but it feels like an ac­com­plished as­sem­blage rather than a liv­ing, breath­ing whole.

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