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A family affair, Wild Belle are adept multi-instrumentalist Elliot Bergman and his little sister Natalie, who lends her dark-hued, distinctive vocals to proceedings. From Barrington, Illinois, the pair will release their debut album on Columbia in March. You can expect soulful hooks of love and longing over reggae and afro beats – aching hearts on Caribbean islands. The soundtrack to the alluring dark side of tropical, jazz-fuelled nights. The siblings themselves are from Michigan, where they have played together since Natalie was in her teens. Writing properly together a mere year-and-a-bit, self-financed recording sessions resulted in the single ‘Keep You’, which made the industry really stand up and pay attention. By the time SXSW 2012 swung around, everyone was clambering to catch them. Breezy, warm, intoxicating, if Wild Belle can maintain their early quality over the course of an entire LP, we could be in for a real treat.
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