Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Jack Tatum aka Wild Nothing has announced the released of his fifth studio album ‘Hold‘, and has aired his new single “Headlights On” featuring Hatchie.
Written in the aftermath of new parenthood during the pandemic, the self-produced record will be out on October 27 via Captured Tracks. Pre-order your copy here.
With contributions from longtime collaborator Jorge Elbrecht, Tommy Davidson of Beach Fossils and Hatchie’s Harriette Pilbeam, first single “Headlights On” features an acid house-worthy bass groove and breakbeat that prove Tatum is playing for the rafters.
But that club ambiance is misdirection. “It’s a fun song, but lyrically, it’s about my wife and I going through one of the worst times in our relationship,” Tatum said. “I don’t know why, but I’ve always been so drawn to these kinds of juxtapositions and striking these balances.”
Tatum produced the rest of the record on his own, partially out of necessity, due to the challenges of the pandemic. “More than anything, this record reminded me of working on my first LP. Just truly being holed up in this room, alone with no input for such a long time,” he said.
By design, Hold dwells in uncertainty and fear, but in a package that encourages meditation and some levity.
“In the face of the pandemic, I think being a parent really forced my hand,” he said. “I felt that I had no other choice but to have a positive outlook on the world. Because if I were to give in at any moment and say, “Oh, everything is horrible,” then I’ll feel as if I’ve lost and I’ve given up on my son being able to thrive in this world.”
Check out the album’s tracklist and listen to “Headlights On” below.
Wild Nothing ‘Hold’ Tracklist:
- Headlights On (feat. Hatchie)
- Basement El Dorado
- The Bodybuilder
- Suburban Solutions
- Dial Tone
- Little Chaos
- Pulling Down the Moon (Before You)
Wild Nothing 2023 Tour Dates
11/09 — Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/10 — Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
11/11 — Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/12 — Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
11/14 — Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
11/15 — San Francisco, CA @ Independent
11/17 — San Diego, CA @ Quartyard
11/18 — Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
11/20 — Chicago, IL @ House of Blues