11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Vocalist Natalie Bergman strides through seductive, worldly pop on Wild Belle’s second full-length LP, navigating the heavy basslines and growling baritone sax of brother/bandmate Elliot. Dreamland’s most immediate hooks, like the echoing title track and “It Was You (Baby Come Back to Me),” are mid-tempo burners with a crate-digger’s patchwork of influences (Ghanaian Highlife, retro-future soul, and old-school Jamaican ska, to name a few). And yet, the siblings’ sharply edged, experimental moments—like the punk-infused grind of “Giving Up on You” or clapping beat of “Throw Down Your Guns”—are just as refreshing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Vocalist Natalie Bergman strides through seductive, worldly pop on Wild Belle’s second full-length LP, navigating the heavy basslines and growling baritone sax of brother/bandmate Elliot. Dreamland’s most immediate hooks, like the echoing title track and “It Was You (Baby Come Back to Me),” are mid-tempo burners with a crate-digger’s patchwork of influences (Ghanaian Highlife, retro-future soul, and old-school Jamaican ska, to name a few). And yet, the siblings’ sharply edged, experimental moments—like the punk-infused grind of “Giving Up on You” or clapping beat of “Throw Down Your Guns”—are just as refreshing.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

57 Ratings

I feel it in my bones

GetGolden,

Saw/heard wild belle on Fallon, he spoke so eloquently about them, and they did an Amazing job! So darn good live.

just in time for summer!

mattehanna,

the 3 pre-released songs are really good~ I love natalie and elliots musical style, lots of catchy beats with natalie’s unique vocal sound. hopefully they tour over summer! looking forward to the full release. @matte_hanna

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
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • FORMED
    2011

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