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Relaxed, Summery and Enjoyable,
This review is from: Isles (Audio CD)
I felt compelled to write a review as a result of the 'build 'em up to knock 'em down' activities in some parts of the music press.
At the SXSW festival in the spring of 2012 this band were 'the one to watch' according to the press. Consequently that is just what many of us have been doing as singles such as 'Keep You' and 'It's too late' have come out.
Now in 2013 with the arrival of their debut album, Isles, some members of the UK press have decided to dub (no pun intended!) the music of this band as 'uninventive cod Reggae'. Strange really since the sound of the band is much the same as it was when the band were 'taking Texas by storm' less than a year before.
Wild Belle are essentially siblings (though rumours persist that they might not actually be related at all - Jack and Meg again anyone?!) Brooklyn (via Chicago) residents Natalie and Elliot Bergman.
Elliot already has a pedigree with his trance-jazz outfit NOMO for whom he plays sax (check out their album 'Invisible Cities'). It is clear that Natalie loves a bit of soul. Her dreamy husky vocals are reminiscent of Lykke Li or perhaps Lana Del Rey (and would appeal to fans of both) however the music is less driven by technology and effects pedals than the music of the above ladies is. Elliot sings a little too ('When it's over'). Comparisons that I've read to the Ting Tings simply don't bear up under scrutiny. A better way the imagine the sound might be early Goldfrapp mixed with a bit of (very laid back) Etta James.
Beardy and cool Elliot's sax is always in evidence but never dominates, frequently however Natalie is simply accompanied by an organist. There certainly is a nod to reggae beats in several of the songs - but this is most cetainly not a case of 'white girl tries and fails to sing ska'.
This is dreamy good time, bang up to date, Caribbean influenced music to relax with (and occassionaly skank to) and have a beer in the park with.
Check out the above mentioned two singles ... and then expect nine more lovely tunes in a similar vibe.