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Laughing Gas EP

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BASICcomic To call this ‘perfect pop’ seems almost a slight. There’s a level of musicianship and attention to detail here that lifts this way beyond any 80s pastiche. Wild Nothing could have gone toe to toe with any of synth pop’s pioneers.
This EP, for me, is his high point so far. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve just repeatedly played a record back to back. Can’t recommend this highly enough. Favorite track: Sleight of Hand.
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PannionSeer Wild Nothing's quest to create perfect 80s-era pop music continues on this jubilant EP that is chock full of wistful melodies and lush instrumentation. "Blue Wings" is a personal favorite. Favorite track: Blue Wings.
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Your princess is in another castle Rad retro as always, keep up the good work mate!
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Luxurious Connextion Wild Nothing is one of those bands that consistently starts strong and ends stronger I’m so happy to be able to own this record and will play it for future generations.
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aleceiffel72 So retro? So good!
The bass line is incredible! 🎸 Favorite track: Dizziness.
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welcometolunaparkfan Gotta say, it just keeps getting better and better with Wild Nothing! Favorite track: Foyer.
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On Laughing Gas, the third EP from Wild Nothing, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jack Tatum delves deeper into the territory where he thrives: namely, the synth and sophisti-pop of the 1980s. Working within a more mechanical and synthetic framework than his previous releases, Wild Nothing continues to delicately toe the line between the organic and the unnatural. These are still pop songs, but there’s an underlying sense of uneasiness that threads the music together.

Recorded in Los Angeles, CA and Richmond, VA with the help of Jorge Elbrecht, these five songs were originally imagined alongside last year's Indigo and were written and tracked simultaneously with the album. When work on the full-length was nearing completion, Tatum set these ideas aside; they seemed to fit better on their own. In spare moments between tours, Tatum began to look back and piece the songs together at his home studio in Richmond, reconnecting with Elbrecht to mix the EP. With Elbrecht in Denver and Tatum in Richmond, the two went back and forth on the final touches, molding a common thread from the Lô Borges inspired new wave of "Sleight Of Hand" to the propulsive, icy synth funk of "Foyer".

Often considered a secondary or transitional format, Wild Nothing has always used the EP to further explore new ideas and influences. Laughing Gas is no exception.


released January 31, 2020


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Wild Nothing Blacksburg, Virginia

Ask Jack Tatum what ‘Wild Nothing’ means and he’ll answer: ‘a contradiction’. In 2010, 21 year old Tatum released one of the finest cult pop records of the summer whilst ensconced in his senior year of college in Blacksburg, VA, a small mid-atlantic town better known for producing football fans and engineers than musicians. Tatum lives in contradictions. ... more

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