Wild Nothing - Indigo
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Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #572 / 673
User Score
Based on 82 ratings
2018 Ratings: #478
August 31, 2018 / Release Date
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Dream Pop, Indie Pop / Genres
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A.V. Club

Emotionally rich and full of depth, Indigo is easily Wild Nothing’s best album to date.

Under The Radar

The bulk of Indigo builds on previous Wild Nothing works, yet there's a slight bite featured on most tracks that seemed nonexistent before.


Indigo is another block in the impressive body of work Tatum has built over the decade, and it's some of the best retro '80s (but not stuck in the past) music anyone is making in the 2010s.

While ‘Indigo’ is no groundbreaker, it’s exciting for an album with so much nostalgia to sound as fresh and pristine as this.

Indigo pleasantly recreates the sounds of 80s synth-pop, making for another winning chapter in their discography.

Wild Nothing's endeavor is certainly not revolutionary, but it does provide a musical comfort as it returns listeners to the new wave era. In doing so, Tatum easily expresses his own creativity while channeling a familiar, yet fresh, direction for Wild Nothing.
Northern Transmissions

Indigo is an incandescent midnight drive over 11 gleaming tracks. However, the album follows few bends over its course.

Spectrum Culture

Despite its flaws, Indigo is everything you could want in a summer album: it’s an effervescent and satisfying listen that feels designed for driving with the windows down on a cloudless day, or dancing with your friends in your living room on a Saturday night.

With ‘Indigo’ Wild Nothing successfully expand upon the sound and textures prevalent on their previous albums. Yet in doing so they lose a certain edge that made their earlier material so engaging.

Jack Tatum’s Los Angeles album finds him expanding his ambitions, but neither his songwriting nor his mood-setting measure up to the polish or the scale of his aspirational, accessible indie pop.

Slant Magazine

Indigo is a far cry from the lo-fi bedroom recordings of Wild Nothing's 2010 debut, Gemini. This is the band's most polished effort to date, but Tatum struggles to match the album's sleek technical elements with meaningful lyrics, frequently leaning on platitudes.


The richest, most polished set Tatum’s produced to date.


With just about enough sonic variation to keep things interesting, there’s a more pristine, altogether more polished feel to this collection of tracks no doubt the result of an artist who’s getting closer to refining their craft.

The 405
It’s difficult to deny how lovely Indigo sounds with its dreamy textures and lyrical romanticism, but there is nothing about Wild Nothing’s latest that will open eyes.

Every note and mood is clearly meticulously planned and clinically executed, yet this makes the music feel rather hollow and artificial, lacking both the starry-eyed freshman warmth of Gemini and the confident bombast of Life Of Pause.

FLOOD Magazine

Indigo doesn’t quite reach the heights of Gemini or Nocturne, but remains an interesting entry in Wild Nothing’s discography nonetheless.

Drowned in Sound

The constant ricocheting of lofty instrumentation with visceral, storybook lyrics make Indigo an at times arresting listen, like the shimmering ambiance of ‘Flawed Translation’. But oftentimes the formula comes up short.


Most of Indigo feels like a string of genre-writing exercises.

Loud and Quiet
It is the musical equivalent of one of those awards-fodder films that arrive at the end of every year, micro-managed so as not to alienate any major voting groups. ‘Indigo’ is technically perfected, and thus lacks a trace of the unpredictability that makes music fun in the first place.
Pretty much what I was expecting from the singles and direction of the last record, none of which I've cared for.
It’s a Wild Nothing album alright. The predictability of “Indigo” is at once its biggest asset and liability. The best moments here tend to be the most straightforward, quintessentially Wild Nothing moments, while the more arguably experimental attempts are largely forgettable. Jack Tatum’s brand of dream pop is always eminently listenable, but “Indigo” is ultimately too inert; we’ve heard better iterations of these ideas from him.
Letting Go, Oscillation and Shallow Water are fun catchy tracks. But still, just like the last album, Wild Nothing fail to go above and beyond like their first two releases. It's pleasant while it's on, but just not something I'll be coming back to regularly.
Letting Go, Partners in Motion
“Indigo” has so much potential to be just as timeless and wonderful for the Dream and Indie Pop world as Wild Nothing’s first few releases. But for the first time ever, I can’t really excuse just how genuinely unfocused Jack sounds. A few too many times here, he comes through with a brilliant hook and some tasteful throwback instrumentals, but then comes through with a failed experiment or some genuinely boring verses. This could have been so classy, because when this ... read more
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Track List

  1. Letting Go
  2. Oscillation
  3. Partners in Motion
  4. Wheel of Misfortune
  5. Shallow Water
  6. Through Windows
  7. The Closest Thing to Living
  8. Dollhouse
  9. Canyon on Fire
  10. Flawed Translation
  11. Bend
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