Wild Nothing is Brooklyn based Jake Tatum, and he has certainly achieved what he set out to. Tatum spoke of wanting to constantly reinvent himself, he has a fear of being classified under one genre. With his third album, Life of Pause, Tatum continues to tweak and alter his sound with what is perhaps his best effort yet.
There is a trend in all of Tatum’s releases, and that’s his tendency to float his sound into a sort of dreamy, shoegaze-esque atmosphere. While there is an aura of this on Life of Pause, he often hits you with a much more direct rhythmic approach that works like an absolute charm.
Life of Pause is Wild Nothing reaching a glorious prime
Reichpop, album opener and lead single, carries itself almost like a track from Bombay Bicycle Club’s latest album. Reichpop is a perfect taster and lead track for the album that sets the tone and direction of the album wonderfully.
Tatum speaks of his desire to not be cast among a certain genre or placement, well he wastes absolutely no time in distancing himself just far enough from his other releases without losing his identity.
He also speaks of Life of Pause being his most “mature” work to date, and I absolutely agree. If his prior releases were an aging process, Life of Pause is Wild Nothing reaching a glorious prime. An 11 track album that floats effortlessly between tracks, with a maturity and boldness that is seldom interrupted.