New Song: “Paradise” by Wild Nothing

Written by on August 7, 2012

Wild Nothing just released a new song off their upcoming Nocturne. “Paradise,” much like the album’s first single “Shadow,” has Jack Tatum going out of his drippy power-pop shell created by 2010’s summer soundtrack Gemini. Turning to synthesizers for atmosphere and counter melody, the real driving force is the potent groove locked in between guitar and drums that sounds less Slowdive and more Prince & The Revolution.

A noteworthy part of the song is the two-minute flange-tinged synth drone that separates the track’s poppier intro from its accompanying end. The sweeping flange is reminiscent of the ocean (if that wasn’t already made clear by the sampled segal calls), the drawn out drum fade-in serves as the tide coming in and out before breaking on shore, and there’s also a faint female vocal sample that is unintelligible but endearing nonetheless. The drone serves not so much as the song’s bridge, but a place to pause and take in its near-perfect capturing of summer. Nocturne may indeed be the 2012 summer anthem that came too late (one day after the start of the fall semester), but we still have, from now until August 27th, “Paradise.”

Nocturne is out August 28th on Captured Tracks. Count down the days with this lunar calendar.

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