Wild Nothing - Gemini
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2010 Ratings: #143 / 833
User Score
Based on 88 ratings
2010 Ratings: #44
May 25, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Captured Tracks / Label
Indie Pop, Dream Pop / Genres
Your Review



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.


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.


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.

Feb 7, 2016
Certainly a derivative effort, but Jack Tatum's deep knowledge of what made 80's jangle pop so damn admirable clearly shows on here in a charming way.

Favourite tracks: Summer Holiday, Drifter, Gemini
Jan 7, 2016
Gemini es perfecto, cada una de las doce canciones que lo componen, suelen ser un respiro de desahogo interno, con sonidos claros y una sensación de espacio libre que sirven para relajar una mente que sólo necesita liberarse.
Nov 16, 2014
Tom Simmons
Fav Tracks: Gemini, Drifter, Summer Holiday, Confirmation

Least Fav Track: The Witching Hour
#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

Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, Novell_sx, erik