The Bergamot | Paradise Review
by Bea Willis
The Bergamot is an American indie rock band formed by the duet Nathaniel Paul Hoff and Jillian Speece. The duo met in South Bend, IN, at Marian High School, and on October 20th, 2017, they released “P.D.R.” (Both Records LLC). Matt Wiggins (Adele, U2, Glass Animals) liked what he heard and invited The Bergamot to travel to London to record “Mayflies” with Wiggins. Unfortunately, when COVID hit, every tour date was lost, so the band focused on finishing their feature-length documentary State of the Unity and new album “Far Out.” The film and band won the prestigious “Marion Herrman Excellence in Filmmaking Award” at the Sedona International Film Festival and “Best Documentary” by the Art Film Awards, and an Official Selection at the Richmond International Film Festival, Paris Independent Film Festival, and Atlanta Docufest. Their new album, Far Out, was mixed by Matt Wiggins, and they are now releasing a single from the album called “Paradise.”
“Paradise” blends the male/female singing of Hoff and Peece with an alternative Country feel. This song could easily fit into the indie rock genre too, but there is enough country here to justify my thinking. As songwriters, the duet understands that building a song is essential, and each section should have new layers to give the song interest and maturity. In addition, the harmonica played by Hoff provides the music with a folky sound, further magnifying its cross-genre appeal.
The Bergamot has an enjoyable single with “Paradise.” Bridging the gap between alternative country and alternative rock, this song brings a sound that will please various music lovers from both genres. They also have a bar-next-door warmth but with a mature songwriting and soundscape mentality. These are just some of the points to stimulate you to check out The Bergamot.
Release Date: August 19, 2022
Label: Both Records
About the author
With an unwavering passion for music that began at the tender age of five, I embarked on a journey of self-expression through the piano, later expanding my repertoire to the guitar and the art of singing. As a seasoned performer in cozy coffee shops and harmonious choir ensembles, I've immersed myself in the diverse tapestry of musical genres, seeking to uncover the intricate qualities that strike a chord within our souls.
Beyond my personal experiences, my journalistic pursuits have led me to explore the stories and inspirations behind the melodies we hold dear. As a music journalist, I aim to delve into the heart of each composition, shedding light on the creative minds that have shaped the soundscape of our lives.
In my downtime, you can find me serenading my loyal canine companion with heartfelt tunes on the guitar or indulging in retail therapy to enhance my ever-growing wardrobe. Songwriting holds a special place in my heart, and I yearn for the day when I can share my creative talents with the world. Until then, my passion for uncovering the emotional power within music continues to drive my insightful reviews and analyses, as I journey through the rich landscape of melodies that move us.