Wild Belle – Isles album review

With undeniable talent – and good looks to boot – the Chicago-based brother & sister duo Elliot & Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle give us a refreshing taste of what one can hope to be the future of modern rock music. After drawing huge interest at South by Southwest in 2012, the duo is about to storm the scene with their highly anticipated debut album Isles.
Any rock band that has a saxophone gets points in my book for it’s added depth and uniqueness. Wild Belle is no exception. As a matter of fact, this might be some of the most intriguing and irresistible rock music I’ve heard in awhile. With dreamy vocals and soulful sax mixed with Caribbean rhythms from steel drums and reggae beats, it’s apparent that we’re no longer in Chicago but have been transported to the islands and partying on the beach. It’s hard not to sway with the music like palm trees sway with the sea breeze.

This is island music with soul. It’s psychedelic, catchy, and seductive. That tone is set from the start with the album’s first single “Keep You”. The reggae-heavy jam showcases their unique and free-spirited sound, especially Natalie’s enchanting vocals mixed with infectiously smooth sax riffs that seem to play cat & mouse with the bass line.

The rest of Isles is packed full of lively and carefree tracks highlighted by “It’s Too Late”  and “Love Like This”. It makes a surprisingly pleasant turn with the retro, organ-laced song “When It’s Over”, which could very well be one of the best tracks on the album. Elliot takes the lead on vocals, and it seems like big brother wants to have his turn in the spotlight which is a stellar contrast to the rest of the album that further proves how talented these siblings are.

This album’s March release was perfect timing for those craving the warmth and relaxation of summer. Put on your headphones, turn up the volume, close your eyes, and feel the sunshine. As long as these authentic and feel-good vibes keep coming, I have no doubt that we are only seeing the beginning of what Wild Belle has to offer.

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