Wild Nothing shares new video for the track “Letting Go”
New album 'Indigo' out August 31st via Captured Tracks
Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing is gearing up for the release of its fourth album, Indigo.
After a decade of making music as Wild Nothing, Indigo finds Tatum at his most efficient, calculated, and confident.
Recorded at LA’s Sunset Sound and produced by Tatum and Jorge Elbrecht, it’s both a return
to the fresh, transcendent sweep of his debut, 2010’s Gemini, and a culmination of heights reached, paths traveled, and lessons learned while creating the follow-ups, Nocturne
and Life of Pause.
Leading into its August 31st release via Captured Tracks, Wild Nothing returns to the “intoxicating, pristine cut of melancholy pop” of lead single, “Letting Go” via the official video. Directors Nathaniel Axel and David MacNutt comment,
“Mourning, melodrama, psychedelic mushrooms, a bodybuilder, scarecrows, fetish rainwear, modernist architecture, catatonic schizophrenia, witchcraft, aquatherapy:
Let It Go.”
Indigo is its own cyborg world, utilizing the artful mechanisms of human touch with the precision of technology to create the classic, pristine sound Tatum has been seeking his entire career.
To make Indigo, Tatum confronted the Man vs. Machine dichotomy by seizing on the surrounding synergy. In his studio, he would write pieces of songs on guitars, with keyboards, “in the box” with plug-ins and programs—whatever held his interest on any given day.
He built a series of highly detailed demos, intending to record the final package swiftly with a live band in a studio and—bucking against the trend of the rougher sound of Wild Nothing’s peers—in a clear, bright, 1980’s-inspired fidelity.
“I wanted it to sound like a classic studio record, as close as I could get it there. It just boils down to me wanting to fit into some larger narrative, musically, in terms of these artists I love,” says Tatum. “I think about how my music will age. Ideas of ‘timeless’ are going to be different—so if Indigo is not timeless then it’s at least ‘out of time.’”
Tatum booked four days at Sunset Sound’s Studio and hired drummer Cam Allen and guitarist Benji Lysaght to track the record live while Tatum played bass. Afterwards, producer Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Gang Gang Dance, Japanese Breakfast) and Tatum built out the rest of the album’s sound by adding new parts and repurposing sounds from Tatum’s demos. The pair mixed the album in Denver in ten days, and Tatum brought it back to his
Glassell Park studio in Los Angeles for polishing.
From the opening drum beat, chiming guitar, and sweeping synth of “Letting Go” to the driving, wide-open skies and epic beat of album closer “Bend,” it’s clear Indigo is at once vintage
Wild Nothing and a bold, new leap into a bigger arena.
Tue. Oct. 16 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Wed.
Oct. 17 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West Thu.
Oct. 18 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn Fri.
Oct. 19 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa Sat.
Oct. 20 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Sun.
Oct. 21 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk Tue.
Oct. 23 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf Wed.
Oct. 24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom Thu.
Oct. 25 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory Fri.
Oct. 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater Sat.
Oct. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent Tue.
Oct. 30 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall Wed.
Oct. 31 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Vancouver
Thu. Nov. 1 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Fri. Nov. 2 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux Sat.
Nov. 3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge Sun.
Nov. 4 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater Tue.
Nov. 6 - Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown Wed.
Nov. 7 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center Thu.
Nov. 8 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre Fri.
Nov. 9 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall Sat.
Nov. 10 - Detroit, MI @ El Club Mon.
Nov. 12 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House Tue.
Nov. 13 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre Wed.
Nov. 14 - Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub Fri.
Nov. 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel Sat.
Nov. 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts Sun.
Nov. 18 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
(all shows with Men I Trust)
B I Z Z A R R E
Wild Nothing - Letting Go