The Bergamot – “Paradise”


An upbeat and melodic single out today from The Bergamot, “Paradise” is about “letting go of our devices and learning to live again,” led by harmonious vocals, plucky guitars, and warming harmonica.

Refreshing acoustics and clap-laden percussion complements a rousing vocal duet, referencing “ocean breezes” and the “morning sun” in describing life’s beautiful flow. The Bergamot’s melodic songwriting and nature-minded imagery have consumed in the past, and continue to do so here.

The track expands enjoyably from the approachable folk-minded duet. “Take me to your paradise,” the exulting vocals let out amidst glistening keys and tender guitars, with the “just like the seasons come and go,” bridge serving up a replay-inducing allure.

The Bergamot says: “‘Paradise’ is a song about letting go of our devices and learning to live again. There is no hope in chasing lies. The song was composed at a time when we could not move about freely – yet the desire to travel and see others was greater than ever.” Touting a series of memorable hooks and a brightly infectious sound, “Paradise” is a stellar single from The Bergamot.

The duo, comprising Nathaniel Paul Hoff and Jillian Speece, has impressed in the past with the track “Breakdown,” in addition to Nathaniel’s track “Turpentine.”

The Bergamot has had a successful year thus far, especially with the springtime release of their documentary State of the Unity, which drew critical acclaim and awards.

The film and band won the prestigious “Marion Herrman Excellence in Filmmaking Award” at the Sedona International Film Festival and “Best Documentary Feature” at the Paris Independent Film Festival and “Best Documentary” from the Art Film Awards, in addition to being an Official Selection at the Richmond International Film Festival, Swedish Independent Film Festival, and Atlanta Docufest.

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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