Currently touring in support of his fourth studio album Indigo, dream-pop mastermind Wild Nothing played to a sold-out crowd at The Regent Theater in Los Angeles on October 26th. Frontman Jack Tatum and company presented 16 blissful tracks spanning from the early days of 2010’s lo-fi masterpiece Gemini to this year’s 80s-inspired Indigo. Occupied in the locality of dream-pop where heavy reverb meets reveries, Wild Nothing created a sonic utopia for his fans, the kind of soundscape you want to stay inside for as long as humanly possible.

Men I Trust opened the night and prepared the crowd nicely for what was to come. Subtle and pretty, the echoes from Men I Trust were the idyllic precursor to the style Wild Nothing was about to bring to stage. Coming on shortly after 10pm, Wild Nothing kicked off the night with fan-favorite ‘Nocturne’ coming off the 2012 album of the same name. From the moment they began playing, the crowd was enthusiastic and lively, never breaking away from their jovial demeanors in the 75 or so minutes the band was on stage for. The opening track served as a hypnotic piece with layers of reverb and sweet melodies to feel lost within. ‘Paradise’ and ‘Shadow’ were the other two tracks included off this record. The former song is glistening and a tune you can’t help but to sway back and forth to. It also featured a saxophone solo, which is seemingly all the rage these days at live shows with a few crowd members yelling for “more saxophone” on several occasions. Final track of the night, ‘Shadow’, is signature Wild Nothing with its catchy chorus, layered reverb, and delicious guitar riffs.

While 2016’s Life of Pause may be Wild Nothing’s most experimental record, it also operates as somewhat of a misstep. Maybe that’s why Tatum only pulled one track from it for his Los Angeles outing. This came in the form of the steamy, glossy, saxophone-heavy ‘Whenever I.’ The track served as the midpoint for the night’s performance, which makes sense now since it’s starkly different than the tracks before and after it. At any rate, it was the most sensual song of the evening with sexy saxophone sounds in full dominance. Another curve ball was when the group brought in the unabashedly ‘80s-driven tune, ‘A Dancing Shell,’ off Wild Nothing’s nearly forgotten synth-laden EP, 2013’s Empty Estate. A fun track indeed, it just felt like an outsider to a solid collection of other tunes featured.

Appropriately so, Wild Nothing pulled heavily from their latest endeavor, with ‘Flawled Translation,’ ‘Wheel of Misfortune,’ ‘Letting Go’, ‘Partners in Motion,’ ‘Bend,’ ‘Canyon on Fire’ and ‘Shallow Water.’ The crowd appeared greatly into these newer songs, which most are only two months old. It still comes as a slight shock since I always see fans clamoring for older favorites to be played ahead of a band’s newest material. So it was really nice to see the warm reception to these songs. In fact, the ultra-smooth endeavor ‘Partners in Motion’ received the royal treatment from fans while they sang along and became lost within their musings. This one felt as if a spell was casted over the 1,100-capacity venue as it was performed louder than any other track of the night. However, tracks like ‘Flawed Translation’, ‘Wheel of Misfortune,’ and ‘Shallow Water’ demonstrated Tatum’s immense leap in his own artistry. Some of the most beautiful tracks the year has offered, this set of songs lives and breathes with ‘80s pop in mind, but its heartbeat feels very modern and original. Personally, these newer tracks are some of my favorites now as Wild Nothing feels, once again, in full creative bloom.

Gemini may very well earn the title as one of the best albums that came out in this decade. Luckily for us, Wild Nothing were kind of enough to grace us with his oldest yet most precious songs to date. He brought in fan favorites, ‘Live in Dreams,’ ‘Chinatown’ and ‘Summer Holiday’ as well as ‘Golden Daze’ from their very first EP, Golden Daze. The tracks here function as Wild Nothing’s most poignant and expressive material. Fluid, dreamy, hazy, and simply well crafted pop all come to mind when these songs were performed. The audience couldn’t have been more ecstatic for these classic gems to be shown off.

Wild Nothing simply played their jams and let the performance do the talking. Not engaged with small chat, politics, or heavy-handed motivation speeches like some acts these days, the band just kept at it with little to no interruption. The crowd responded joyfully with the only pause coming from the conclusion of their set into the final 3-song encore. At the end of it all, Wild Nothing let us inside his own dream world and for that time period, it was like heaven inside the four walls of the Regent Theater. And it was a reminder that great concerts can serve like heaven before we all head back into the real world, which often feels quite the opposite.