“A Dancing Shell” (Video)

    Jack Tatum, who undertook a solo venture as Wild Nothing, debuted with a bedroom dream pop record, Gemini, in 2010 to many plaudits. With the release of the follow-up, Nocturne in 2012, Tatum’s career took a sizeable leap, playing in countless festivals, topping the year end album list (Under the Radar), and even having a Hollywood actress, Michelle Williams, star  in the music video for one of  the LP’s standout tracks, “Paradise”. Today, Wild Nothing made an announcement on Facebook of a new seven-track EP, Empty Estate, due out on May 14, along with a music video for “A Dancing Shell” – a glorious animation of paintings and illustrations by the Brooklyn artist, Eric Shaw.

    Empty Estate according to Tatum:

    This is a record that happened very fast for me. We had just gotten back from a particularly long European tour last November, our first supporting Nocturne, and I was feeling a lot of things. I found myself struggling with what it meant to be a musician, with what music in general meant to me and what part I could possibly play in it. Playing the same songs every night for months left me bored with myself. But when I got home, for the first time in awhile it suddenly seemed that the pressure was off. We didn’t have any tours planned for several months and I started to remember again why I love music in the first place. I listened to Brian Eno and David Bowie for weeks on end and felt like I was hearing them for the first time. I took a trip to Miami with my girlfriend. I visited my family. I felt free to try things musically that I would have stifled before. The songs on this EP were recorded over a 10 day period and are a reflection of this time. Of all the frustrations and successes and moments of peace in between.”

    The latest incarnation of the former Virginia Tech student explores the synth-driven vistas with consumers connecting dots to Talking Heads on “A Dancing Shell”, rather than refining the ethereal guitar pop we associate Wild Nothing with –  an exciting change and not a misstep. 

    Empty Estate Track Listing:

    1. The Body in Rainfall
    2. Ocean Repeating (Big-eyed Girl)
    3. On Guyot
    4. Ride
    5. Data World
    6. A Dancing Shell
    7. Hachiko

    Available in limited edition CD & LP inclusive of an obi strip, illustrated insert, red vinyl, poster, hand numbered envelope, 2x sticker pages, button and slap bracelet.  via Captured Tracks/ Bella Union.


    Upcoming Live Dates

    May 30 Porto – Optimus Primavera Sound

    Jun 08 New York, NY – Governor’s Ball

    Jul 24 New York, NY – Terminal 5*

    Jul 25 Boston, MA – House of Blues*

    Aug 03 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival

    Aug 04 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza


    * w/ Father John Misty