My giddy aunt this is an 80s-sounding album. Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing gig might always have had a fair whack of New Order/The Cure/Echo & The Bunnymen about it, but fourth LP Indigo is the most unabashedly pop-type-thing that Tatum’s ever done. In short, it’s quite a lot like the last The War On Drugs record. You either like this sort of thing or you don’t.
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If your career has come to something of a crossroads then one idea is to do a really good song that sounds a bit like the songs you've already made. Then open up the album with it, then make it the lead track, make a video for it and use it to promote the new album. Hopefully people may not notice too much that the remainder of the album is an increasingly bland diminishing returns version of the same sound you've been peddling for years. Wild Nothing pull this trick with 'Letting Go' which is another example of the bright and breezy 80s indie they were so adept at on albums like 'Gemini'. I'd also dare to suggest that 'Oscillation' is pretty good too, a nice Flock of Seagulls chorus to it this one.
Then that's about it. Wild Nothing are generally just re-doing what they've already done with a bit of added sheen put in. I'm not going to complain too much that 'Wheel of Fortune' sounds remarkably like Prefab Sprout or that the album uses a lot of the same textures that made China Crisis 'Flaunt the Imperfection' such a dapper record. 'Indigo' is no awful listen but it just heads way too far into mid 80's cheesy sophisticated pop for my tastes and by God I'm a mid 80s sophisticated pop apologist. Far too much Johnny Hates Jazz not enough The Associates.
But there's always that good song to fall back on. At least Wild Nothing have a good song. Many bands can't even offer up that.
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