Wild Belle - Isles Vinyl LP
Wild Belle Isles Vinyl LP
Isles is the 2013 debut full-length release from Elliot Bergman and his younger sister, Natalie (Belle) Bergman under their collective band name Wild Belle. Recorded with fellow electronics wizard Bill Skibbe at Keyclub Recordings in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Isles premieres, across eleven spellbinding new songs, Wild Belle's fully-realized dream-pop-dance music, the combination, says Elliot, "of elemental things and electricity."
When making Isles, Elliot felt a "push for a blend of organic and electronic elements and everything had to be sort of both. We wanted real instruments, things made of wood and metal, and then the modern sensibility of drum machines and synthesizers, balancing those two worlds. Rhythm comes first on all of these songs. Things get written to a rhythmic backing. Natalie writes catchy memorable pop hooks. My job is to find sounds that twist people's ears a little bit."
According to Natalie, some of the songs on Isles were written "three or four years ago" while others were written during the album's recording and production process. When writing, she simmers in the myriad of musical influences of her upbringing - "Bill Withers, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Paul Simon's Graceland, a wide array of musician that were played in the house and in the car on trips to church...I got turned on to reggae at a young age by Bob Marley, his pre-Rock Steady stuff, doo-wop from Jamaica was on a different level."
Natalie admits that "when we started recording the record, that's when we really started trying to write the music together." "Love Like This," the last track written for the album features an organ part written in the studio while the group was mixing "Keep You." Elliot is an obsessive keyboard enthusiast and "huge Harry Partch fan" who builds his own instruments, among them the "metal tongues," all-electric variants on the African thumb-piano constructed from "reclaimed industrial materials." Elliot's kalimbas may be heard across Isles, making subtle appearances in "It's Too Late," "Twisted," "Happy Home," and "Take Me Away," intimating chimes or ethereal loops.
"Natalie and I have an interesting collaborative," Elliot observes. "We are so close and we grew up together working on music in all these different ways. It's funny we are on the same page about almost everything, from sounds to phrasing to instruments we're drawn to. We don't even really have to talk about most things. We know how each other would like something."
Wild Belle Isles Track Listing:
1. Keep You
2. It's Too Late
6. Happy Home
7. Another Girl
8. Love Like This
9. When It's Over
11. Take Me Away
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