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Wild Nothing: Life of pause (Bella Union, 2016)

Me enveneno de Sintes

Si en el último post con el último lanzamiento de Ducktails presentábamos cómo el Dreamgaze continúa dando frutos interesantes, con Life of pause, el nuevo disco de Jack Tatum (aka. Wild Nothing), ocurre todo lo contrario. Life of pause es como una vuelta a los orígenes más primitivos. Una regresión a los sintetizadores analógicos de los setenta-ochenta para mostrar una sobresaturación de sonidos electrificados y una sensación de empalague general. Un disco un tanto errático, quizás mal concebido o quizás fruto de una maduración un tanto equivocada.

“Tatum admitted that he was listening to “a lot of Philly soul, sweet soul music” while working on the record. When these moments, particularly the notes of funk and disco, are pushed, it feels like a move in the right direction. This is the most PG-13 Wild Nothing has been on record yet: The steamy sax on “Whenever I” paired with Tatum’s silky drawl could be a track in a David Lynch nightclub; his voice on “A Woman’s Wisdom” is a husky plea for intimate insight. “Reichpop” is stunning, with the aforementioned marimba played by Peter Bjorn and John drummer John Eriksson.
It’s a high-bar statement of an opener, but the album rarely reaches that energy level again. “Japanese Alice” brings new life to the middle of the record with psych-pop guitars reminiscent ofDeerhunter, and the title track’s synth throbs have a hint of Neon Indian to them. Following these two, the stoned “Alien” feels like a setback, but the brief, noisy breakdowns save it from being a completely absurd outlier.
So why does Life of Pause not completely succeed? To begin with, the record is not emotionally accessible or relatable, which isn’t a huge surprise considering Tatum favors sound over lyrics. The trouble is that it’s unclear exactly what Life of Pause’s mood is intended to be. Tonally and instrumentally, the album is a change in style, but there is no moment of surprise; it still feels very predictable. There is nothing wrong with being formulaic; it worked for…well, pretty much everyone. But there is no moment that truly grabs you, no emotional climax, no reason to truly care. Life of Pause is a straight, albeit funky, line.
Life of Pause’s monotony is only heightened by its monochromatic songwriting. In a majority of the songs, Tatum asks some sort of question (“Can I learn to wait for my life?,” “Will I find a way to make sense of/ The way that you love me?,” “How can we want love?,” etc etc) only to conclude during “To Know You” that “There is no answer to the question.” All this amorous, existential pondering seems to prevent him from doing anything, from taking a risk, from making a statement that sticks. It doesn’t help that these questions are delivered in such an aloof manner that even if they pique interest for a second, they will melt away quickly. It seems like Tatum is living a lyric from “Reichpop:” “The less you say the less that you get wrong” (Pitchfork)

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12 mayo, 2016 - Posted by | Wild Nothing

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