Music: Wild Nothing’s ‘Nocturne’



IF YOU LOOK up ‘Nocturne’ in a dictionary, it is defined as a musical composition which emits an evocative romanticized depiction of the night. It’s a nicely fitting title, then, for Wild Nothing’s dream pop second new album which presents to us a palette of dreamy, well-written, infectious songs.

The first track, ‘Shadow’, has a heavy, thematic melody alongside a compelling snare drum, an airy vocal delivery that alluringly hits every note, with comparisons similar to ‘Tonight, tonight’ by The Smashing Pumpkins, where Jack Tatum mourns over a decaying relationship. But following on from that bittersweet tune, we hear the relaxing ‘Midnight Song’, which has an excellent chord progression that dominates throughout. The title track ignites Tatum as he goes head over heels when he croons ‘I just want to let you know, you can have me all,’ something that would perfectly fit in a coming of age John Hughes movie.

‘Through the Grass’ has a strong Echo and the Bunnymen vibe, with a lovely soft interwoven arrangement with the Spanish guitar, which, alongside sighing vocals, make this a fine track. ‘Only Heather’ is one of the more upbeat songs on this album, if not cheesy with ‘She is so lovely she makes me feel high’. This aside, it does have a catchy hook within the chorus.  The song ‘Paradise’ has glossy vintage synth tones, a new wave beat that New Order would deliver, with some slightly ambiguous lyrics ‘velvet tongue so sweet’. The dead pan vocals on the track are fantastic with the ambient background and that jangly rhythm coming in from the guitar would sweep even Johnny Marr to the floor, definitely one of the highlights of this LP. Another recommendation would be another fantastically named girl ‘Rheya’ which embodies gorgeous synths that would predate circa 1985 with strings that soar in and out beautifully.

Wild Nothing is infused in the idea of wishing for the girl of your dreams, hence the abstract yet seductive girls and verses. This is called dream-pop for a reason, and there’s no sense in questioning what makes us lie out on the grass gazing at the moon and stars for hours on end and letting the mind conjure up wondrous fantasies and what Nocturne does is give a megaphone to those feelings. This is a smart, polished piece of work with hit after hit. Definitely worth waking up to.