- Fri Nov 11 2016
- 8:00 pm
- Main Hall
- Wild Nothing with Small Black
Wild Nothing with Small Black
Collective Concerts presents Wild Nothing with Small Black
Friday, November 11, 2016
in The Great Hall’s Main Hall
Wild Nothing brings its latest full-length album, Life of Pause, to Toronto’s The Great Hall, providing another window into founder Jack Tatum’s self-described “ideal world” of pop music. Described as Wild Nothing’s most fleshed out and upbeat recording to date, Tatum has let both his love of Philly soul music, and even some disco and funk, seep in. This indie rock album features some open references to past music, just as debut bedroom-produced album Gemini and studio follow-up Nocturne did. But it’s also an album that feels much less rooted in anything in particular and, well, more adult.
Tatum has said that he wanted this third full-length effort to sound more “organic” or “gelled,” and to give his audience a sense of physical space. To build out his idea, Tatum created an actual room to represent the album’s world for the cover shoot. Tatum’s fabricated atmosphere is a warm and groovy 1970s pad, with dashes of quirk like a checkered teapot and a bouquet of flowers. But unlike the room, which existed only temporarily in a warehouse in Long Island City, Tatum recorded Life of Pause in Los Angeles and Stockholm, at a studio once owned by ABBA, creating a confident, intimate and surprisingly diverse dream pop selection with essential tracks like “Japanese Alice” and “To Know You.”
Brooklyn synth-pop band Small Black opens for Wild Nothing featuring songs from their latest record Best Blues, a poignant, compassionate album about losses inspired, in part by the close knit group’s own experiences with Hurricane Sandy, as well as an old demo rediscovered during a late-night jam session which became part of the stand-out “Boys Life.”
Tickets $26.50 online, also available at Rotate This and Soundscapes.
General admission | 19+
Doors 8 pm