After 2018’s relatively run-of-the-mill Indigo (QRO review), Wild Nothing’s sound needed something more – not a whole lot, but just an extra pep in its step. Hold has that, still the grand washes and synths, but also toe-tappers and emotion.
In “Dial Tone”, Wild Nothing almost go full eighties synth-dance like a John Hughes film (or more contemporary contemporaries The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The Temper Trap), but other times Jack Tatum’s group reaches, particularly near the end with “Alex” and closer “Pulling Down the Moon (Before You)”. There’s even an evening drive (also out of the eighties) in “The Bodybuilder”.
Wild Nothing has long since settled down into their specific sound, and it’s a strong sound. But every sound needs to stay alive & stay active, like on Hold.