It’s been just a few months since Wild Nothing’s sophomore album, Nocturne, washed ashore. Between then and now, they did a long European tour and played their Coachella debut. Oh yeah, and they recorded a seven-song EP. In ten days. Way to make the rest of us look lazy, dudes.
Wild Nothing’s original mastermind, Jack Tatum, explained how the Empty Estate record came about—once he got a break from performing the same songs over and over, “I listened to Brian Eno and David Bowie for weeks on end and felt like I was hearing them for the first time. I took a trip to Miami with my girlfriend. I visited my family. I felt free to try things musically that I would have stifled before.” All very promising, no?
You can get your first taste of the results in the official video for the single “A Dancing Shell,” a charmingly low-tech psychedelic journey. The music itself is more hard-edged and muscular than Wild Nothing’s usual output, which is heavy on jangle and haze. Sounds like somebody hit the clubs on his vacation.