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Released: 07.05.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although Natalie Bergman has excelled alongside brother Elliot as one half of reggae-tinged indie-pop duo Wild Belle, it’s on this solo debut that the Chicago native’s talents truly blossom. Triggered by the loss of her father, Mercy represents a retreat to the comforting, nostalgic embrace of gospel, liaising faith’s inexorable hope via a clutch of delightfully lo-fi retro pop nuggets.

It’s the type of traditional-meets-contemporary palette which can often wear thin once its novelty wanes, yet across the likes of I’m Going Home, Gallows, Sweet Mary and beyond Bergman’s knack for locating sweet spots remains unerring. Enchanting throughout, its triumph is assured long before confronting her grief directly on the cathartic, show-stopping closer Last Farewell.

 

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