by Wild BelleWild Belle


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Wild Belle's 2013 debut album, Isles, features the band's catchy, laid-back mix of indie pop, reggae, and singer/songwriter soul. Centered around the brother and sister duo of Elliot and Natalie Bergman, the Chicago-based Wild Belle often utilize Elliot's funk and reggae leanings as the leader of the Afro-pop ensemble NOMO (with whom Natalie has also toured). However, with songs largely based around Natalie's love of soul and melodic '60s pop, Wild Belle have a less frenetic, if still hypnotically languid take on NOMO's world fusion sound. In that sense, Isles has a kind of sultry, post-Amy Winehouse retro-soul aesthetic that's lightened by the sibling's own positive-minded, dance club hippie vibe. Tracks like the languid "Keep You" and the buoyant "Shine" largely work to showcase Natalie's cherubic croon by surrounding it with fuzzy synths, echoey percussion, and Elliot's own rootsy saxophone lines. Elsewhere, cuts like the shimmery, hip-swaying "Twisted" and the old-school reggae-sounding "June" help make Isles the perfect summer afternoon album, designed for doing nothing in particular besides soaking up the good vibes.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/2013
Label: Sony
UPC: 0887654451422
catalogNumber: 544514
Rank: 123825

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wild Belle   Primary Artist
Elliot Bergman   Percussion,Conga,Hammond Organ,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,chamberlain,Shaker,fender rhodes,Memory Moog,Casio,Mini Moog,Electric Kalimba,Prophet 5
Erik Hall   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Mini Moog
Justin Walter   Evi
Natalie Bergman   Guitar,Piano,Autoharp,Chimes,Vocals,chamberlain,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Casio,Toy Piano,Mini Moog
Quin Kirchner   Conga,Drums
Kellen Harrison   Bass

Technical Credits

Jackie Mittoo   Composer
Jessica Ruffins   Engineer
Bill Skibbe   Producer,Engineer
Elliot Bergman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Erik Hall   Engineer
Natalie Bergman   Composer,Whistle
Susan Bergman   Artwork
Smoota   Horn Arrangements
Lazar Davis   Arranger

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