Wild Nothing - Gemini

Wild Nothing - Gemini
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 10 reviews
2010 Rank: #109 / 564
USER SCORE
80
Based on
39 ratings

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Pitchfork
Pitchfork

Though some of indie's brightest leading men have come through Virginia's halls of higher education (Steve Malkmus, David Berman, Travis Morrison), your average college rock band in the Old Dominion area probably sounds more like Agents of Good Roots. So if you live in a place like Blacksburg, Va., home of the Virginia Tech campus and not much else, and you want to be in a tropical punk act (Facepaint), an introspective singer-songwriter project (Jack & the Whale), or a band that covers Kate Bush instead of Dave Matthews (Wild Nothing's breakthrough rendition of "Cloudbusting"), you'll probably have to do what Jack Tatum did and start them yourself.

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musicOMH
musicOMH

Music tends to follow the general rule of thumb that if you can get three examples of something then it can be called a trend. Only in music it's called a genre, and it usually ends up slowly ruining the thing it's supposed to be defining. You get the feeling that as 'chillwave' slowly becomes shorthand for everything vaguely summery or a little bit hazy, that in amongst the shimmering keyboards and padded drums you can make out the death knell.

70
PopMatters
PopMatters

If all you heard was a set of iTunes samples of Wild Nothing’s debut Gemini, you might think you were listening to a nostalgic playlist of ‘80s and ‘90s Anglo alt-rock, spanning post-punk, 4AD art-noise, proto-Britpop, and shoegaze. New Order, the Cure, the Cocteau Twins, the Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine—their signature sounds all appear in some form or another on Gemini via mastermind Jack Tatum’s canny reconstructions of those iconic groups’ easily recognizable styles.

User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
74
A decent debut that greatly brings back the great dreamy 80's pop sound. Instrumentation is very solid, but sometimes the songs can get a bit dull.

Favourite tracks: Summer Holiday, Drifter, O Lilac, Bored Games, Chinatown, Gemini
Tom Simmons
74
Fav Tracks: Gemini, Drifter, Summer Holiday, Confirmation

Least Fav Track: The Witching Hour
austincrane235
71
Best Track: Summer Holiday, Pessimist, My Angel Lonely, Chinatown, or Gemini
Worst Track: Confirmation
Most Overrated Track: Live In Dreams
Most Underrated Track: Our Composition Book
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DETAILS

RELEASED: May 25, 2010
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Captured Tracks
GENRE: Indie Pop
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 37 - DIY
# 44 - musicOMH
# 34 - One Thirty BPM
# 49 - Pitchfork
# 24 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 9 - Stereogum
MISC LISTS
# 35 - Amazon (Mid Year)
Track List

  1. Live in Dreams 
  2. Summer Holiday 
  3. Drifter 
  4. Pessimist
  5. O, Lilac 
  6. Bored Games
  7. Confirmation 
  8. My Angel Lonely 
  9. The Witching Hour 
  10. Chinatown 
  11. Our Composition Book
  12. Gemini

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