There's something instantly familiar about one-man laptop band Wild Nothing, something swirling in Jack Tatum's spaced-out, lo-fi pop haze that calls to mind The Cure and The Smiths. And though Tatum is frequently slapped with the n-word (nostalgic), the Blacksburg, Va., resident doesn't distance himself from that. In a 2010 Q&A with Interview Magazine, Tatum--who was barely born in the '80s--addressed the comparisons.
"I have heard people say The Cure and I can see where they would get that from, but for me at least it wasn't really a direct influence on the record. But it's not a bad comparison; I'm not offended by it by any means. But I was definitely a fan of Factory and 4AD and Creation," said Tatum.
Wild Nothing's debut full-length release, Gemini, garnered Tatum buckets of blog praise, including an 8.2 rating on Pitchfork. The album hums with fuzzy synth, wildly catchy hooks and sleepy, pillow talk vocals.
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