Wild Nothing – Life of Pause (Captured Tracks, 2016)
Life of Pause unfolds in three distinct phases: tropical rainforest pop, dream pop in the key of love and a sound reminiscent of The Smiths minus Morrissey. The first category is most prominent on the first song, “Reichpop,” which would pair nicely with a fruity cocktail. The xylophone runs wild like vines in a forest, complemented by what can only be described as breezy bamboo flutes. The album undeniably jumps into The Smiths adulation on “Japanese Alice,” a nicely-formulated pop rock tune. Next, the album’s title track evokes an ‘80s synthpop band hit hard by feelings of deep love. This sound pours over into the next song “Alien,” where singer Jack Tatum repeats the lyric “You made me feel like an alien,” aided by hard-hitting synths. Though Life of Pause is primed for play at your nearest Urban Outfitters, don’t let that deter you.
Trial Track: “Japanese Alice”