Wild Nothing is really an appropriate name for this act. The music is inventive and charming, but at times it does all blend together. Thatâ€™s just a risk you take with shoegaze, and Nocturne has the charm of Kevin Shieldsâ€™ voice with none of My Bloody Valentineâ€™s heavy feedback. For those who like their music a bit light and spacy, Nocturne really hits the spot.
â€œShadowâ€ is a catchy way to open the album, with frontman Jack Tatumâ€™s delicate vocals augmented by strings. â€œMidnight Songâ€ combines layered beats with plenty of New Wave guitar distortion. â€œNocturneâ€ continues that 80’s sound in the best sort of way, and â€œParadiseâ€ feels like it was ripped straight from the pages of the New Order handbook.
If thereâ€™s one shortcoming with Nocturne, itâ€™s that a bit too much time is spent nurturing the same quiet, vintage sound. All of the songs are enjoyable on their own, but after half an hour of the same vibe, I found myself having to check when one song ended and the next began. Wild Nothing could stand to introduce a bit more variety, but taken in doses, Nocturne has some gorgeous offerings.