Chicago band, Wild Belle (Natalie Bergman, Elliot Bergman), are proud to announce that their sophomore album, DREAMLAND, will be released physically and digitally via Columbia Records on April 15th. Wild Belle also revealed the album’s cover art; a photo of Natalie taken by Elliot with a vintage polaroid camera. Much of the album’s internal artwork is comprised of collages created by Natalie.
Their current single Throw Down Your Guns, is available now. The track made its debut on radio station KCRW with Jason Bentley revealing it on Morning Becomes Eclectic and can be heard here.Throw Down Your Guns is available for purchase at iTunes, in addition to streaming on Spotify and Google Play.
DREAMLAND is the follow-up to their debut album Isles, which introduced a broad range of music fans to Wild Belle’s organic, distinctly original sound. The album was praised for its unique blend of pop, reggae, and West African influences all tethered to vocalist Natalie Bergman’s dusty vocal style. Wild Belle began recording DREAMLAND in Jamaica and worked with an eclectic group of musicians that they pulled together including Doc McKinney, Pat Carney, and Brooklyn’s Dap Kings Homer Steinweiss and Nick Movshon.
Growing up in Chicago to musical parents who flaunted jazz, African and folk music among their favorites, Elliot and Natalie Bergman share the same musical vocabulary. They weren’t officially joined musically until Natalie laid down a rare vocal for Bergman’s 9-member, afrobeat-influenced band Nomo. The duo soon branched off into Wild Belle. Cut to 2013, as Time Magazine and others selected them as a ‘Band To Watch’ on the heels of their album Isles, with Rolling Stone praising them even earlier for their unique familial chemistry and “organic wall of sound.”
In support of DREAMLAND, Natalie and Elliot will hit the road, traveling across the United States with their full band set up on a headline tour. Full details and additional ticket information will be announced shortly. Fans can visit the band’s website for updates and announcements.
April 22 – Chicago, IL – Garfield Park Conservatory
April 23 – Madison, WI – University of Wisconsin
April 24 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
April 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club AE
April 26 – Albany, NY – The Hollow
April 27 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
April 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
May 1 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
May 3 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
May 4 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
May 5 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
May 6 – Dallas, TX – HOB Cambridge Room
May 7 – Austin, TX – The Parish
May 8 – Houston, TX – HOB Peacock Room
May 11 – San Diego, CA – The Cabash
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex
May 14 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
May 16 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
May 17 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
May 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center