Bella Union is thrilled to announce the signing of Wild Nothing who returns this summer with second album Nocturne, the follow-up release to his acclaimed debut ‘Gemini’.
Ask Jack Tatum what ‘Wild Nothing’ means and he’ll answer: ‘a contradiction’. In 2010, 21 year old Tatum released one of the finest cult pop records of the summer whilst ensconced in his senior year of college in Blacksburg, VA, a small mid-atlantic town better known for producing football fans and engineers than musicians. Tatum lives in contradictions. You’ll often hear Wild Nothing referred to as a ‘one man pop band’. Jack creates in the studio, alone. On the road, he’s with a band. There are two Wild Nothings.
The critically acclaimed debut ‘Gemini’ was underpinned with summery childhood longings, and shot through with the instant dichotomy of anxiety and almost whimsical paranoia. The album, which was home recorded by Tatum and rooted heavily in 80′s indie-pop, quickly gained popularity through the internet. Tatum assembled a band of Virginia friends and hit the road for the first time. ‘Gemini’ showed a promising future for a songwriter who wore his influences on his sleeve while still approaching pop craftsmanship in his own way. When asked about it in regards to ‘Nocturne’, Jack states: “I don’t think it’s going to be a secret to anyone that I care about pop music, but it’s definitely more my sense of what pop music used to be or even what pop music would be in my ideal world.”
The new album ‘Nocturne‘ is a window into Tatum’s “ideal world” of pop music. ‘Gemini’ was written before there were Wild Nothing fans or even a live band; ‘Nocturne’ is different. With an unexpected fanbase to turn to, Jack spent more time perfecting his craft. The obsessiveness of ‘Nocturne’ is inherent in it’s gentle harmonies, orchestrated synths, wandering voice, and songs that speak of his post-Gemini experiences as he explores new paradoxes of pop.
Nocturne is released 27th August on Bella Union records.
Prior to this the track ‘Shadow’ will be released as a 7″ single on 6th August.
Following many positive reviews for debut album Child Bride, and a sold-out Vortex show in early May, Hannah Cohen will be returning to the these shores in in late summer 2012 for a few live performances. The first of these will be an appearance at Bella Union’s 15th Anniversary Celebration Day at the End of the Road festival.
Friday 31 August – Doset – End Of The Road festival (Bella Union 15th Anniversary Celebrations)
Monday 3 September – London – Bush Hall (£10)
Tuesday 4 September – London – Union Chapel (supporting Glen Hansard)
You can now watch the new video from Lawrence Arabia for the album opener ‘Traveling Shoes‘, filmed in Whangateau Hall in their hometown of Auckland, New Zealand.
Directed by Ian Joseph Hughes.
The Sparrow is released on Bella Union on Monday 16th July.
The band will embark on a European Tour following his appearance at End Of The Road Festival as part of Bella Union’s 15th anniversary celebrations. All dates below:
Friday 31st August – End of the Road Festival
Monday 3rd September – Café Video, Gent, Belgium
Wednesday 5th September – Divan Du Monde, Paris
Friday 7th September – Paradiso, Amsterdam
Sunday 9th September – Studio 672, Cologne
Monday 10th September – Roter Salon, Berlin
Wednesday 12th September – Lexington, London
Watch the celestial new video for ‘Lazuli‘ from Beach House‘s fourth record Bloom below:
The band will embark on the Frightened Eyes tour across the UK and Europe this autumn.
Friday 31 August – DORSET – End Of The Road festival
Friday 26 October – BELFAST – Mandela Hall (£16.50)
Saturday 27 October – CORK – Cork Opera House (€22.50)
Sunday 28 October – DUBLIN – Vicar Street (€20)
Monday 29 October – GLASGOW – Arches (£16)
Tuesday 30 October – LEEDS – Stylus (£16)
Wednesday 31 October – MANCHESTER – Ritz (£16)
Friday 2 November – LONDON – Roundhouse **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Saturday 3 November – BRISTOL – Anson Rooms (£16)
The Walkmen performed ‘Heaven’ and ‘The Love You Love’ on Jimmy Fallon’s show – check out the footage below!
If this whets the appetite, lucky ticket holders will be able to catch the band next week at Village Underground. The event is sold out, but the band return this summer to play Green Man festival and headline dates in Birmingham, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester and London.