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ACL Fest review: Wild Belle

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Eric Pulsifer

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 11, 2013

The Great Lawn’s grass was yellow and the mood was mellow at the Austin Ventures stage for Wild Belle’s dusk set. With Austin’s violet crown in full effect as a backdrop behind them, Wild Belle’s dance hall tunes set heads and hips in motion.

The brother-sister duo of Natalie and Elliot Bergman and the other three members of their band were all hidden behind sunglasses. The men were in black suits and Natalie was in burgundy leather pants and a puffy silk blouse. She paced back and forth on the speakers in front of the crowd while handling vocal duties with a bright, smokey voice squawking like a muted trumpet. Elliot moved cooly between keys, synth steel drums and the occasional solo on baritone saxophone, a massive bronze cannon blasting out bass-rich, bleating sound.

The set was a sandwich built on bread of Wild Belle’s highest quality stuff, starting with “Twisted” and “It’s Too Late” and ending with “Keep You,” but the filler was made of tunes that tended to run together — not dull but not entirely dance-worthy either.

Setlist

1. Twisted

2. It’s Too Late

3. Take Me Away

4. Backslider

5. Happy Home

6. Another Girl

7. Love Like This

8. When It’s Over

9. June

10. I’m in Love

11. Shine

12. Keep You