Next week, Wild Nothing releases his new album. Today he’s announced a world tour.
The Los Angeles-based musician, born Jake Tatum, will cross North America in April and May before reaching Europe in June, including two gigs in London: Field Day (11 June) and a headline show at Oslo (13 June).
All this live activity follows the release of ‘Life of Pause’. Billed as Tatum’s most “honest” and “mature” yet, his third full-length album follows 2010’s dreamy ‘Gemini’, written while at university, and 2012’s ‘Nocturne’, which saw him graduate from bedroom recording artist to fully fledged studio musician.
With subsequent EPs hinting at new directions, the new LP (out 19 February) fully embraces the concept of change.
“I desperately wanted for this to be the kind of record that would displace me,” says Tatum. “I’m terrified by the idea of being any one thing, or being of any one genre. And whether or not I accomplish that, I know that my only hope of getting there is to constantly reinvent. That reinvention doesn’t need to be drastic, but every new record has to have its own identity, and it has to have a separate set of goals from what came before,” he explains.
“I allowed myself to go down every route I could imagine even if it ended up not working for me,” he says. “I owe it to myself to take as many risks as possible. You have to allow yourself to be open to everything.”
Recorded at Devendra Banhart producer Thom Monahan’s Los Angeles home and the Stockholm studio once owned by ABBA, the album features contributions from Peter, Bjorn and John drummer John Ericsson, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra veteran Pelle Jacobsson, Medicine guitarist Brad Laner, and a crew of saxophonists for a more natural, organic sound.
“I just kept things really simple, writing as ideas came to me,” explains Tatum. “There’s definitely a different kind of ‘self’ in the picture this time around. There’s no real love lost, it’s much more a record of coming to terms and defining what it is that you have – your place, your relationships. I view every record as an opportunity to write better songs. At the end of the day it still sounds like me, just new.”
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