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7PM – Doors
8PM – Show
9PM – Natalie Bergman
Mercy is Natalie Bergman’s debut, a self-produced solo album recorded in the strangest of times, during a personal period of profound sadness and reinvention. It’s startling, and often beautiful — a rush to the edge of the cliff, with an unflinching look below
Recorded at her brother’s home studio in Los Angeles, CA, Bergman has already had a lengthy, successful career as one half of the brother-sister duo Wild Belle, but this is the first time she wrote and played all the material.
This record absolutely pulses with redemptive power; it is replenishing and original, and deeply cathartic. And before we go any further, you should know that this is kind of a gospel record.
Bergman comes to this material naturally. Her first musical loves were church songs, especially the sing-song-y, repetitive hymns. “I’ve always written songs about Jesus,” she says. “I’m not afraid of it; this album is my take on gospel music.” Her voice really works the upper registers in a manner occasionally similar to 1930s blues vocalists, or perhaps Badu. But there’s nothing retro about the way she multi-tracks her voice and self-harmonizes in sweet, lofty chords.
It should also be said — Natalie made this record because she absolutely had to.
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