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