Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Track Of The Day :: Wild Nothing - To Know You | TV Queen

Words: Linn Branson

Virginian Jack Tatum brings back Wild Nothing early next year with the dreampop follow-up to 2012' 'Nocturne'.

In advance of the release of 'Life Of Pause' on February 19 2016 (via Captured Tracks in US, Bella Union inUK/Europe), Wild Nothing have shared not one, but two, cuts: 'To Know You' and 'TV Queen'.

The album was recorded in Los Angeles and Stockholm and produced by Thom Monahan. “I desperately wanted for this to be the kind of record that would displace me," says Tatum of the album. "I’m terrified by the idea of being any one thing, or being of any one genre. And whether or not I accomplish that, I know that my only hope of getting there is to constantly reinvent. That reinvention doesn’t need to be drastic, but every new record has to have it’s own identity, and it has to have a separate set of goals from what came before.”

In the accompanying video, below, two album cuts are fused together. All credit must go to director Shawn Brackbill and cinematographer - Geoffrey Todd Womack on the making of this combined visual treatment. While the slo-mo action may lead one into thinking there is not a lot going on, watch very carefully is all we'll say...

On first view of 'To Know You' by its end it brought back memories of seeing the movie Sixth Sense for the first time, where when things start to be revealed at the end, you are left frantically rewinding scenes in your head to work out how they could have happened. Same thing in a way here - although without any dead people (although...) - crossed with a surrealist work come to life, where everything is heavy with meaning, though is not what it may seem. The second section, 'TV Queen', is a little less effective, but works in partnership with the first half.

While both tracks serve up Tatum's familiar sound, 'To Know You' gets our Gold Star over 'TV Queen', which takes Silver.

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