Since 2010, I have been following Jack Tatum’s brainchild, Wild Nothing, as his solo project has taken many different forms with each new album. Personally, my favorite has to be 2012’s Nocturne which is widely regarded as Tatum’s breakthrough. Tracks like “Shadow” and “Paradise” are the perfect blend of shoegaze and indie pop. Now 2018 has seen Tatum steer his work into more of a straight-forward tone of indie pop with the release of his fourth LP, Indigo. Announcing his tour a couple months back, Wild Nothing is playing some highly impressive venues, and Monday’s performance at the Opera House proved that Tatum has garnered a highly large following over the years.
Starting his set off with the classic “Nocturne” was the perfect way to come out strong and warm up the packed hall. From there, Tatum played a mix of songs from Indigo and other works dating all the back to his debut EP Golden Haze. For me, there were really two highlights of Wild Nothing’s performance: when Tatum and his backing band jammed out to my favorite track, “Summer Holiday”, and their encore of “Chinatown” and “Shadow”. Even with camera in-hand, I still found time to dance along with the rest of the happy-go-lucky audience. Having been a couple years since Tatum hit Toronto, it was not the least bit surprising to see just how excited everyone was to catch their favorite indie virtuoso at his best.
For more information on Wild Nothing’s current tour, hit the link here!