Leigh MichaelMonday,5 August 2013

The Snap:

As Lollapalooza draws to a close, it’s a good time to appreciate festivals’ ability to showcase both tried-and-true musical success stories and up-and-coming artists. Wild Belle fits into the latter category… But it’s really only a matter of time before it reaches the former. The Chicago-based sibling duo is a conglomeration of reggae, jazz, funk, and rock, combining to create a final result that has a little bit of something for everyone.

The band released their first album, Isles, last Spring. You can grab it via iTunes or Amazon.

The Download:

There’s a lot to like about brother-sister pair Wild Belle. The band is a pretty neat labor of love, a sinuous blend of unique styles and genres that combine to create something pretty awesome. They’ve described their genre-hopping music to be a “journey that we take people on,” reveling in the fact that they can’t be categorized… That would be too straightforward, too simple.

Elliott and Natalie Bergman named their debut album Isles because they viewed every song to be an island, independent in meaning, style, and lyrical approach. In an interview with Interview, Natalie explained, “Each song is its own world, its own island. We thought each song is very different than the next.” To be totally honest, I’m more impressed by their music as a whole than the versatility of it — but still. It’s pretty cool that they have the ability to play with a bunch of different approaches to create the enchanting final result.

They’ve got some seriously good music, and you should do yourself a favor and listen to some of their stuff. “Keep You” is awesome, and “It’s Too Late” has this funky vibe paired with a straight-out-of-the-70s video. I also really enjoyed their live rendition of “Love Like This,” played in a bike shop for NPR. You can stream a bunch of their songs on SoundCloud, but I would recommend buying Isles and listening to it in its entirety. Every song is an island, and you should go along for the ride.

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Hat Tips:

Wild Belle, Interview, SoundCloud, NPR, Vogue, Image Credit: Flickr

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