Every once in awhile, you come across a track that makes itself a home in the back of your mind and stays there for far longer than you were expecting. Currently, that song happens to be L.A, released by dreamy pop duo The Bergamot.
Another husband-wife team for the ages, The Bergamot hails from Brooklyn NY is comprised of Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece. In L.A., they tackle an unsung angle of a timeless story. There are perhaps millions of songs that have been written about chasing dreams and hitching wagons to stars and so very few about the antithesis.
L.A. grabs you by the soul from the first measure and doesn’t let go. The haunting intro, defined by the delicate acoustic guitar, manages to be fraught with emotion and intent before a single lyric is uttered. The harmonies that introduce the story from Hoff and Speece are exquisite, and their continuous presence throughout the track reinforces the narration of the heart-wrenching story.
Especially for fans of The Civil Wars or Of Monsters and Men, L.A. is not a track to sleep on. Their sound is a very accessible version of indie pop, a sound that will be enjoyed by modern music enthusiasts and underground folk lovers alike.
The message in this song is so poignant – so very relatable, and yet so uncommonly written about. The story of someone giving up on a dream is sobering and perhaps even unpleasant, but The Bergamot delivers us this message in a way that causes the listener no pain. The minimalistic production underneath delicate and dynamically layered vocals allows the story to be the true center of the track, as it gently lets us know that it’s okay to say goodbye.
BELOW: Listen to L.A. and connect with their website and social media platforms. Please support The Bergamot by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!