Wild Nothing - Gemini
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2010 Ratings: #169 / 867
User Score
Based on 143 ratings
2010 Ratings: #58
May 25, 2010 / Release Date
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Dream Pop, Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
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.

70
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

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.

Doofy
70
I think I'm hearing this with different ears to when I first tried this album out in 2010.

I've listened to a lot more music and have a lot more reference points - so as much as I detected some obvious '80s reference points back then (the usual New Order, Cure, Joy Division, etc) I now hear more of his contemporaries...and of course, given the gift of hindsight, the artists who followed.

So now I play this and instantly think 'Elvis Depressedly, John Maus, Ariel Pink' - among others. As such ... read more
morningsbell
82
If you don't like this then you are anti-gemini
holsgr
73
( ☆☆☆½ ) great/decent album
rosevean
78
Summer Holiday, O, Lilac, Our Composition Book, Gemini
75
Il loro più bello forse
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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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