Jack Tatum’s fifth album under the moniker Wild Nothing comes exclusively pressed to red and yellow wave LP, super-limited to 200 copies and hand-numbered to order.
The album was written in the aftermath of new parenthood during the pandemic, inevitably an existential work. But during the recording process, the artist known for synth-pop tastefulness used it as an opportunity to reach for a new sonic maximalism and wider set of influences.
With contributions from longtime collaborator Jorge Elbrecht, Tommy Davidson of Beach Fossils and Hatchie’s Harriette Pilbeam, first single “Headlights On” features an acid house-worthy bass groove and breakbeat that prove Tatum is playing for the rafters.
Tatum produced the rest of the record on his own, partially out of necessity, due to the challenges of the pandemic. The songs were eventually brought to Adrian Olsen at Montrose Recording in Richmond to begin recording drums and filling in the gaps.
While largely a product of isolation, Hold also reflects the things Tatum has learned from collaborators, both on previous records and during his acclaimed work with Japanese Breakfast and Molly Burch. The rest of the record was mixed by Geoff Swan, who listeners might know for his work with Caroline Polachek and Charli XCX.
Please note that Blood Records is a pre-ordering platform and this record is due for release on October 27th 2023. All images for illustrative purposes.