Wild Nothing's Nocturne Is Great: A Hipster's Confession

My name is Eric and I am a hipster. I enjoy things vintage and modernly-retro. I own a pair of thick framed Warby Parker sunglasses, which, medically speaking, I don’t really need. If it is a sunny day, or not, I can be seen walking the trendy streets of downtown Toronto in my Rayban Wayfarers, Levi’s 511 jeans, and an taught American Apparel tri-blend t-shirt. If it’s chilly out I will throw on a cardigan, I don’t even care. Come fall my wardrobe will be fully stocked with plaid button downs and so many scarves.

I appreciate irony…in all things (especially when presented in the form of a graphic on a t-shirt). Above all what defines me as a hipster is my adoration of all indie music.

I spent my formative years listening to Modest Mouse, the Shins, Belle and Sebastian, Animal Collective, Feist (mostly for dinner parties though) and Dinosaur Jr. As I’ve grown so has my appreciation for indie music. And nothing is more classically indie than Wild Thing’s Nocturne.

The album is full of quirky instruments, ethereal vocals, and misunderstood lyrics: all staples to a definitive indie, hipster album. It screams at its listeners, “I’m greater than you could possibly understand. Deal with it!” I am not denying the talent behind the music though. It is easy to listen to, non-invasive and strange enough that you can proudly feel fringe. The singer’s vocals lend nicely to the apathy and smugness of this perfect hipster album. He sings as if singing is no longer a cool thing to do – with no emotion or drive. The lyrics fall from his mouth much as a despondent sigh would and it is beautiful.

“What are you listening to?”

“You probably haven’t heard of it. They’re indie”

This is a conversation suiting of Wild Nothings. Most people will not have heard of them, which is a shame. However at the same time if most people have heard of them they would instantly loose their appeal. So I beg of you. Please listen to Nocturne – it is a really well written piece of music, but also please do not listen to it because you will ruin it for me.

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