While its great to dive into heady, groundbreaking stuff or brilliantly crafted pop songs, its just as nice to enjoy something as beautiful and simple as the music that Jack Tatum is writing as Wild Nothing, and while 2010s Gemini was a great listen, hes made leaps and strides heading into Nocturne.
Its easy listening that doesnt put you to sleep, but makes you just as comfortable. Songs like Shadow and Through the Grass play like those seconds between being awake and falling asleep microbursts of nursery rhymes, dreams and plush comfort.
Much like Beach Houses Bloom, Nocturne is inflicted with each song sort of bleeding into the other; also like Bloom, they are all so good that it doesnt matter. The peppier This Chain Wont Break is the exception, a smart and sophisticated pop track that I havent been able to shake.
Whether or not Nocturne is deemed the best album of 2012 by years end, theres little doubt that it will go down as the prettiest. Joshua Boydston