3.5 out of 5 stars
Jack Tatum returns with a continuation of the similar dreamy/shoegaze sound featured on his debut release, Gemini. Not to be confused with just batch of outtakes from Gemini, this EP has some truly stunning cuts.
Initially, we fade into “Golden Haze” (the first song and title track), a melancholic and fleeting soundscape of tremelo guitars, arena drums, and tight bass. Tatum speaks of his longing to find the “beautiful one” and poses the question: “what does it take to be like you?” The track is short and sweet, which is fairly common in Tatum’s work.
The album tends to focus on the speaker’s need for privacy and caretaking in his relationships. On songs like “Quiet Hours” and “Take Me In,” Tatum addresses the listener as the perpetrator and the savior. The person who has the ability to give him “not what (he) wants, but what (he) needs.”
We are left with “Vultures Like Lovers,” a slightly clipped/blown-out and distant ballad of circling canyon-esque delay which resembles a similarly looped-song structure to that of Animal Collective’s Panda Bear. At the end we hear the clicking of what seems to be a recording device and foot-steps walking away; creating a personal and intimate relationship with the listener after perhaps the most emotionally distant song of the album. The overall sound on Golden Haze EP is reminiscent of Tatum’s earlier work in the sense of song writing and structure, but the production quality is far superior.
RIYL: Beach Fossils, Panda Bear, The Radio Dept.
Recommended Songs: 1,3*,6, ALL
Stream/Download: Wild Nothing - “
(Courtesy of Captured Tracks)