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Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Oh sure, it’s pleasurable, but it’s not exactly exciting
The problem is it’s almost impossible to completely consider a record as an isolated thing, and while ‘Nocturne’ is undoubtedly a pleasurable listen, it’s merely one of a number of pleasurable listens that sound exactly like it. Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, Ariel Pink: all doing it. So two-and-a-half years after Wild Nothing’s debut, the stuff that sounded fresh before has now been used and abused on so many albums in between it now leaves little new to offer. This means it takes that bit longer for it to develop a real personality of its own.
‘Only Heather’ and ‘Disappear Always’ are the kind of tracks you’d want playing in the background of the ‘young romance’ section of your life biopic, but they also both sound like an amalgamation of half of the Captured Tracks back catalogue. So while ‘Nocturne’ is gorgeous, it’s a little too predictable to become truly exciting.
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