I posted my Top Albums list of 2012 a few weeks ago [got an earlier than usual start to the deluge of the end of the year lists] and while there haven’t been that many other new releases since then, there was one album that came out in August that I barely heard a week ago.
Wild Nothing, which essentially a one-man operation consisting of Jack Tatum, was created in 2009. They have had two full albums, including their debut “Gemini” back in 2010. When the band tours, there are more musicians, but for the most part, this is Jack’s project. And unlike the ultra popular and overrated Owl City, this one man band is much more listenable. Their hit single “Paradise” is getting all sort of airplay on SirusXMU and I can see why. Catchy, mellow and creative all rolled up into just over 5 minutes of aural pleasure. The start of the song has an 80’s new wave feel to it, with bits of New Order, Human League and a twinge of that Nile Rodgers guitar riff.
2012 took several of my favorite bands on the road, most of them to Utah (shocking) but one I traveled to see live.