Free Music Friday With Wild Nothing And Wojcik
Hi everybody and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today we offer a diverse selection of music from two completely different bands. Nothing about them is the same; not even similar. But each song grabbed us in its own singular way, and for totally different reasons.
The first track is called “Paradise” from Wild Nothing. It’s rich and dreamy and takes the listener on a sonic voyage to someplace warm and romantic. The second track is “Pick Me Clean” from Wojcik. This track is dirty, gritty and totally in-your-face. It smacks of early Patti Smith, but it’s got an undeniable garage band pedigree. We hope you enjoy both tracks, and we hope you have a great weekend. See you next week for more music news for music fans.
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. You’ll often hear Wild Nothing referred to as a ‘one man pop band’. Jack creates in the studio, alone. On the road, he’s with a band. There are two Wild Nothings.
The new album Nocturne, is a window into Tatum’s “ideal world” of pop music. Written largely while living in Savannah, GA during 2011, the songs that became Nocturne speak to a new Wild Nothing where the lines between Jack’s influences and personality have been further blurred. The album features some open references to past music, but it’s also an album that feels much less rooted in anything in particular.
The obsessive nature of Nocturne is inherent in it’s gentle harmonies, orchestrated synths, wandering voice, and songs that speak of Tatum’s experiences as he explores new paradoxes of pop. And yet Nocturne’ isn’t obvious, it is a strange and distinctive musical beast, the product of an obsessive pop vision that creates its own reality. And now hear is Wild Nothing’s “Paradise”:
The two-piece band is fronted by Hailey Wojcik who played most of the instruments on the recording, including guitars, vocals, and analog synth. She also incorporated field recordings made over the past year, and formed them into transitional pieces between each song, as well as layers in the songs themselves. The album was recorded at the Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn.
Wise Blood is a project inspired by Wojcik’s love of Flannery O’Connor, the Southern gothic, and her childhood in rural Michigan. It’s also inspired by her zookeeper parents who worked with coyotes in her youth—developing her empathy for and love of canids, to whom this record is dedicated.
An accompanying short film, Royal Black Royal Blue, shot by Wojcik in Michigan over the summer will be released soon. Wise Blood is the follow-up to a self-titled EP released in the fall of 2011. And now for your downloading pleasure, here is “Pick Me Clean” from Wojcik’s album Wise Blood: