‘Nocturne’ (Bella Union)
Gone is the whimsy of Wild Nothing’s lo-fi debut. Though that album, ‘Gemini’, may have been flooded with reverb, it couldn’t hide the songcraft of Jack Tatum, the Virginia-based musician behind the band’s shimmering dream pop. This sophomore effort is a rich and wholesome progression: ‘Shadow’ is cast in the same sunny style as his debut, whilst the title track’s luscious guitar could jangle the car keys clean out of Johnny Marr’s trouser pocket. ‘Nocturne’ still treads the same paths, but it finds Tatum taking far bigger, more confident, strides.