Wild Belle

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Wild Belle

Recorded at studios in their native Chicago, Natalie’s new home of Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto, Dreamland — Wild Belle’s bold, evolutionary new album — derives from an era in the singer’s life when she was struggling to get control of what she describes as the “anger and deep sorrow” that plagued her at the end of her most recent romantic relationship. For a woman whose music has always been inspired by her desire to translate her complicated feelings into immediately relatable songs, there was certainly plenty of grist for the mill. Dreamland tracks such as “Losing You” and “It Was You (Baby Come Back)” offer glimpses of the darkness that Natalie battled during the early months writing for the duo’s sophomore full-length. But there are also genuine moments of lightness and ecstatic triumph, like “Giving Up On You” — an irresistibly kinetic, punk number Wild Belle recorded with TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek producing.

August 27
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