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Gemini was released as part of the 2010 guitar-pop mini-boom, but it could just as easily have been recorded in 1989. Jack Tatum’s first album as Wild Nothing is full of songs that exist just outside the margins of your memory: Haven’t I heard this before? Isn’t this guitar part familiar? Didn’t an ex-boyfriend make me a mixtape with “Drifter” sandwiched between Cocteau Twins deep cuts?,

The Version is a new, limited edition of the vinyl. Pressed on translucent blue vinyl, the album is housed in a silkscreened jacket with hand-stamped numbering and includes new liner notes from Tatum along with a 11″ x 17″ show poster from 2010.

From Jack Tatum:

“It’s fitting that listening back [to Gemini] now feels like a dream to me. I know I wrote these songs, but the memories of making them have become as blurred as the music,” says Tatum. “It’s such a rare thing to have this kind of living document of your youth and I think that’s what Gemini will always be for me: a part of my life that is at once so familiar and so unrecognizable.”

Tatum put Gemini together while studying at Virginia Tech, and its amateurish charm separates the album from his more expansive, polished later work. When songs like opener “Live in Dreams” and the chiming “Our Composition Book” fade in slowly, it’s easy to imagine hearing them streaming from a dorm room window overlooking a verdant quad. And while there isn’t much lyrical depth to Gemini, that’s a feature, not a bug. You can listen to “Summer Holiday” or the gloomy, glamorous “Chinatown” and fill in the blanks with your own memories of being young, sad, and in love.

“Summer Holiday” · Wild Nothing “Gemini” Released on Captured Tracks