The Bergamot, a husband and wife duo from South Bend, IN consisting of Nathaniel Paul Hoff and Jillian Speece, have been producing and writing music for the past 12 years. A musical journey that has lead them to their newest album, Tones. The album is full of rich and throwback guitar riffs with a modern alternative twist. Vocally, they harmonize and mesh, as you would expect a marriage to, beautifully.
The interesting part is that after a while most bands tends to fall into a rut and their songs all start to sound like a homogenous mess for 45 minutes. The Bergamot, while their tracks are varied, there is a quality that still binds them together. “The Bends” is very much inspired by Bob Dylan, “Forget About Tomorrow” leads us in with an early Beatles-esque harmonies with a bit of bluegrass tossed in and “School Notes”, a sweet love song about how the two met, is an incarnation of Joni Mitchell.
Tones is a very unique musical journey. It teaches about the past and still brings us forward into the future of what alternative-folk should be. This 12-song is a long road trip that is freeing from corporate bonds. It is what independent music is supposed to be.
Tones by The Bergamot is available now on CD or vinyl on their website: HERE.
Oh, yeah, one more thing…you can also get some vegan lip balm on their website. Not shocking, it has bergamot (and strawberries) in it. Worth a shot, right?
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