11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wild Belle’s genesis can be traced back to the living room of the Berman household, where brother-sister bandleaders Elliot and Natalie sang jazz standards and Joni Mitchell covers with their mother, but the band’s sonic blueprint was drawn with the bold strokes of NOMO, the Afro-beat party outfit Elliot founded in college. When kid sister Natalie worked her way into the group, all the pieces of Wild Belle fell into place. Their debut, Isles, grooves just as furiously as anything from NOMO, but the dub-influenced indie pop is more visceral, less derivative, and nearly unclassifiable. While Elliot’s honking saxophones, buzz-saw guitars, and sound-system after-beats are pushed through a filter of half-broken 8-bit fuzz, Natalie delivers ambiguous, marvelously feisty lyrics with a razor-sharp edge. There isn’t a single dud on this album, but tunes like “Keep You,” “Happy Home,” and “Love Like This” prove that the band truly are an isle unto themselves.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wild Belle’s genesis can be traced back to the living room of the Berman household, where brother-sister bandleaders Elliot and Natalie sang jazz standards and Joni Mitchell covers with their mother, but the band’s sonic blueprint was drawn with the bold strokes of NOMO, the Afro-beat party outfit Elliot founded in college. When kid sister Natalie worked her way into the group, all the pieces of Wild Belle fell into place. Their debut, Isles, grooves just as furiously as anything from NOMO, but the dub-influenced indie pop is more visceral, less derivative, and nearly unclassifiable. While Elliot’s honking saxophones, buzz-saw guitars, and sound-system after-beats are pushed through a filter of half-broken 8-bit fuzz, Natalie delivers ambiguous, marvelously feisty lyrics with a razor-sharp edge. There isn’t a single dud on this album, but tunes like “Keep You,” “Happy Home,” and “Love Like This” prove that the band truly are an isle unto themselves.

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About Wild Belle

Brother-and-sister duo Wild Belle make folk-, dance-, reggae-, and psychedelic rock-tinged indie pop. Chicago-area natives Elliot and Natalie Bergman grew up playing music, with Elliot eventually studying jazz saxophone at the University of Michigan. The siblings first started playing together in 2006, when Elliot invited Natalie to tour as a backup singer/percussionist with his Afro-pop band NOMO. In 2011, they began working on Natalie's songs and Wild Belle was born. A year later, the duo released the single "Keep You" and drew label interest after a high-profile show at Austin's South by Southwest Festival. In 2013, Wild Belle released their debut album, Isles, on Columbia.

Two years later, the duo returned to studios in their native Chicago, as well as in Natalie's new home, Los Angeles, to record their sophomore release. Inspired in part by personal turmoil, the album saw the pair deliver a deeper, fuller-sounding album. The resulting Dreamland was released in April 2016. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Chicago, IL
  • FORMED
    2011

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