Life Of Pause
Wild Nothing, a.k.a Brooklyn-based musician Jake Tatum, released his debut album Gemini in 2010 to critical acclaim. Five years on, with an equally impressive sophomore release and a series of EPs under his belt, Tatum is pleased to announce his third-studio album and self-proclaimed most mature and honest work to date, Life of Pause, which will be released February 19th via Captured Tracks.
With todays announcement he shares two cuts from the album; TV Queen and To Know You, both of which are available as instant gratis downloads with pre-order on iTunes.
When Jack Tatum began work on Life of Pause he had fascinating ambitions. I desperately wanted for this to be the kind of record that would displace me, he says. Im 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 it’s own identity, and it has to have a separate set of goals from what came before.
Life of Pause is an exquisitely arranged and beautifully recorded collection of songs that marry the immediate with the indefinable. 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. Songs are songs and you have to allow yourself to be open to everything.
After a prolonged period of writing and experimentation, recording took place over several weeks in both Los Angeles and Stockholm, with producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Beachwood Sparks) helping Tatum in his search for a more natural and organically textured sound. In Sweden, in a studio once owned by ABBA, they enlisted Peter, Bjorn and John drummer John Ericsson and fellow Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra veteran TK, to contribute drums and marimba. In California, at Monahans home, Tatum collaborated with Medicine guitarist Brad Laner and a crew of saxophonists. From the hypnotic polyrhythms of Reichpop to the sugary howl of Japanese Alice to the hallucinogenic R&B of A Womans Wisdom, the result is a complete, fully immersive listening environment. I just kept things really simple, writing as ideas came to me, he says. Theres 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.
Life Of Pause
Release Date: February 19, 2016
Life of Pause Track List:
A Womans Wisdom
Life of Pause
To Know You
Love Underneath My Thumb
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