(2013) Isles

Wild Belle

... read moreWild Belle's 2013 debut album, Isles, features the band's catchy, laid-back mix of indie pop, reggae, and singer/songwriter soul. Centered around the brother and sister duo of Elliot and Natalie Bergman, the Chicago-based Wild Belle often utilize Elliot's funk and reggae leanings as the leader of...

40′:06″ 11 Songs

1
Keep You (Album Version)
Wild Belle
3:31
2
It's Too Late (Album Version)
Wild Belle
3:14
3
Shine
Wild Belle
4:42
4
Twisted (Album Version)
Wild Belle
3:05
5
Backslider (Album Version)
Wild Belle
3:25
6
Happy Home (Album Version)
Wild Belle
3:45
7
Another Girl (Album Version)
Wild Belle
3:53
8
Love Like This
Wild Belle
3:59
9
When It's Over (Album Version)
Wild Belle
3:33
10
June (Album Version)
Wild Belle
4:04
11
Take Me Away (Album Version)
Wild Belle
2:55
Released 11 March 2013, ℗ 2012 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

Review

Wild Belle's 2013 debut album, Isles, features the band's catchy, laid-back mix of indie pop, reggae, and singer/songwriter soul. Centered around the brother and sister duo of Elliot and Natalie Bergman, the Chicago-based Wild Belle often utilize Elliot's funk and reggae leanings as the leader of the Afro-pop ensemble NOMO (with whom Natalie has also toured). However, with songs largely based around Natalie's love of soul and melodic '60s pop, Wild Belle have a less frenetic, if still hypnotically languid take on NOMO's world fusion sound. In that sense, Isles has a kind of sultry, post-Amy Winehouse retro-soul aesthetic that's lightened by the sibling's own positive-minded, dance club hippie vibe. Tracks like the languid "Keep You" and the buoyant "Shine" largely work to showcase Natalie's cherubic croon by surrounding it with fuzzy synths, echoey percussion, and Elliot's own rootsy saxophone lines. Elsewhere, cuts like the shimmery, hip-swaying “Twisted” and the old-school reggae-sounding “June” help make Isles the perfect summer afternoon album, designed for doing nothing in particular besides soaking up the good vibes. ~ Matt Collar