Wild Nothing Shares a New Song About His Wife - “Shallow Water”

Indigo Due Out August 31 via Captured Tracks

Aug 07, 2018
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Wild Nothing (aka Jack Tatum) is releasing a new album, Indigo, on August 31 via Captured Tracks. Previously he shared its first single and opening track, "Letting Go" (which was our #1 Song of the Week), as well as the 1980s-tastic "Partners in Motion" (which was also our #1 Song of the Week) and a strange video for "Letting Go." Now he has shared another song from the album, "Shallow Water." Listen below, followed by Wild Nothing's upcoming tour dates.

In a press release Tatum had this to say about the song: "'Shallow Water' is a song for and about my wife. It can be hard to write songs about being in love that don't come across as trite but it's equally as hard to care about being trite when you are in love. To put it simply, it's a song about finally arriving in the place you were meant to." 

The album is the follow-up to 2016's somewhat underrated Life of Pause. Virginia-bred/Los Angeles-based Tatum recorded the demos solo and then spent four days at Sunset Sound's Studio with drummer Cam Allen and guitarist Benji Lysaght to track the record live (Tatum played bass). Then producer Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Gang Gang Dance, Japanese Breakfast) came on board to build out the rest of the album's sound, including using parts of Tatum's original demos. Elbrecht and Tatum mixed the album over 10 days in Denver and then Tatum put the finishing touches on Indigo at his Glassell Park studio in Los Angeles. Sonically, Tatum was going for a 1980s vibe.

"I wanted it to sound like a classic studio record, as close as I could get it there," Tatum said in a previous press release. "It just boils down to me wanting to fit into some larger narrative, musically, in terms of these artists I love. I think about how my music will age. Ideas of 'timeless' are going to be different-so if Indigo is not timeless then it's at least 'out of time.'"

The previous press release described the album as such: "Indigo is its own cyborg world, utilizing the artful mechanisms of human touch with the precision of technology to create the classic, pristine sound Tatum has been seeking his entire career. It finds Tatum at his most efficient, calculated, and confident after a decade of making music as Wild Nothing. On one hand, Indigo is a return to the fresh, transcendent sweep of his debut, 2010's Gemini, and on the other, a culmination of heights reached, paths traveled, and lessons learned while creating the follow-ups, Nocturne and Life of Pause."

Wild Nothing's 2012 album, Nocturne, was Under the Radar's #1 album of that year. Read our 2016 interview with Wild Nothing.

Wild Nothing Tour Dates:

Tue. Oct. 16 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Wed. Oct. 17 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Thu. Oct. 18 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Fri. Oct. 19 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Sat. Oct. 20 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Sun. Oct. 21 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Tue. Oct. 23 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Wed. Oct. 24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Thu. Oct. 25 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
Fri. Oct. 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
Sat. Oct. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Tue. Oct. 30 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Wed. Oct. 31 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Vancouver
Thu. Nov. 1 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos 
Fri. Nov. 2 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Sat. Nov. 3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Sun. Nov. 4 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater 
Tue. Nov. 6 - Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown 
Wed. Nov. 7 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Thu. Nov. 8 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Fri. Nov. 9 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Sat. Nov. 10 - Detroit, MI @ El Club 
Mon. Nov. 12 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Tue. Nov. 13 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre 
Wed. Nov. 14 - Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
Fri. Nov. 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Sat. Nov. 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts  
Sun. Nov. 18 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

(Men I Trust open all shows.)

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Leen Joe
November 3rd 2018
8:47am

“Shallow Water,” produced with Jorge Elbrecht, is even lusher than previous singles “Letting Go” and “Partners in Motion.” Swells of reverb swirl around Jack Tatum, whose own vocal effects also contribute to the swirl during the chorus. The lead singer admitted to watermaster dredger it can be hard to write songs about being in love that don’t come across as trite but it’s equally as hard to care about being trite when you are in love.