Wild Belle

Brother and sister act Elliot and Natalie Bergman (aka Wild Belle) may look like they've decided to make music in between bumming around after college and inheriting their Grandpa's patents for denture fixative, but by design or happenstance, their debut album is an enjoyable concoction of feel-good, sunset-over-the-Caribbean pop.

The recipe is most definitely early 80s, the frosting post-slacker cool. Some will find Miss Bergman's vocals too blank to properly engage but the music itself is generally jaunty enough to melt whatever retiscence you may have. Single and opener 'Keep You' paddles a similar lagoon to Santigold's reggae-tinged numbers, a honking saxophone offering additional colour atop the lazy skanks. The feel continues on the more up-beat 'It's Too Late' and while there are interludes into more electro-pop areas, the sax keeps cropping up and the vibe remains positive. By track six and the feisty 'Just Another Girl', you may even have Natalie down as a soul belter in waiting. If you find yourself defending The Ting Tings to bemused colleagues, Wild Belle will similarly bring a little splash of colour to your listening.



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