Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:04:37
Listen to "Keep You" by Chicago duo Wild Belle.
What do ya need to know? Well, Wild Belle --AKA Natalie Bergman and Elliot Bergman-- have managed to wow folks far and wide with their glistening combination of bold songwriting, studio wizardry and late-night vibes. Dreamy, airy, light, beautiful. That's how we felt listening to "Keep You."
Growing up in a highly musical family, Natalie would join Elliot on the road with his band NOMO at only 17. Still too young to (legally) get into most of the clubs, she played percussion, sold merch and occasionally sang a song or two, wowing the audiences and Elliot with her undeniable stage presence and talent.
After extensive touring and some well-deserved downtime for NOMO, the two began a long-distance collaboration on what would eventually gel into Wild Belle. Natalie, in Chicago, dreamt up lyrics, banged out drum loops in her bedroom on her glitter-blue drum-kit and layered instrumental tracks on top. Elliot, in Brooklyn, would add to these foundations with kalimba loops, horn lines or some chords on the Hammond b3. Eventually, they formed a backdrop for Natalie's striking vocals; stories of love and loss culled from overflowing notebooks or scribbled lyrics on napkins from her waitressing job.
A sound emerged from their diverse set of shared influences (Helene Smith, Etta James, Francis Bebey, Delroy Wilson, Lauryn Hill, OutKast, Tom Tom Club, Eurythmics), something immediately familiar while strikingly fresh.
Their music doesn't come from a certain place, but sounds like a locale we'd all like to visit this year. It's a place that's warm and under a star-dotted sky. Like Chicago in summer, or California all year round.
Wild Belle tour dates are as follows, so check 'em out if you liked "Keep You":
02/28 - SOhO Restaurant & Music Club - Santa Barbara, CA - 09:00PM
02/29 - Casbah - San Diego, CA - 09:30PM
03/01 - The Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA - 09:30PM
*03/13 - 03/18 - SXSW Dates TBA*
Did you like Wild Belle and "Keep You?"