On May 7th, Natalie Bergman will release her debut solo album, ‘Mercy ‘(Third Man Records), and today she shares its latest preview with new single and video Home At Last. As the first song she wrote for the LP, Home At Last is one of ‘Mercy’s’ most emotionally gripping moments, a personal and potent cry for hope during a period of profound sadness.
Throughout the record’s 12 spiritual and self-produced tracks, Bergman often sings about “home” and the idea of her own Paradiso or Heaven, as the belief in that place was her greatest consolation following the fatal accident that led her to create this album. It was October 2019 when Natalie Bergman and her brother were about to take the stage at Radio City Music Hall, together in their band Wild Belle, until receiving news that their father and stepmother were killed by a drunk driver. Their sudden death sent Bergman’s mind into a whirling chaos, but she had a desperation to know where they had gone. On Home At Last she recounts the experience, and in tender swells of hypnotic harmonies she asks, “Answer my prayer, when a great man falls and the skies collapse, where’s the joy in this world, is he home at last?” Listen to Home At Last here, and watch the music video, a beautiful performance filmed against the sylvan, stained-glass backdrop of an abandoned chapel.
Read more about the song in a new feature with FLAUNT, where Bergman says: “I have always written songs about ‘home.’ A place that is not on this earth. It brings me a great deal of comfort knowing that place is waiting for me – especially when life can be so alienating and lonely…In the video for ‘Home At Last’ I found a small chapel in Los Angeles and the moment I saw the stained-glass I felt like it belonged to me. One of the best things about making music is sharing it with the people you love. Playing it with your friends and family. I invited my favorite artists to be a part of this performance and I asked them to think about what heaven might look like to them.”
Across ‘Mercy,’ Natalie Bergman invites listeners into her “land of milk and honey, a place where there’s more than enough salvation to go around” (The FADER). In the aftermath of her family’s tragic loss she decided to spend weeks in silence at a monastery in the southwestern desert, and in interviews with HERO and BUST she describes how the retreat ultimately inspired her to embark on the album. Pulsing with redemptive power, the record delivers cathartic visions of healing and uplift, “serving as a psychedelic prayer for a more hopeful future” (MTV News).
Throughout her years in Wild Belle, the LA-based, Chicago-bred Natalie Bergman has collaborated with the likes of Elvis Costello, Major Lazer and Tom Tom Club, opened for Beck, Cage The Elephant and Toro y Moi, played Coachella, The Tonight Show and more. On ‘Mercy,’ her sweeping spectrum of creativity is finally on full display, from the three-dimensional artwork seen in “Talk To The Lord,” to her striking sense of style and the best songs she says she’s ever written.
‘Mercy’ marks the first newly recorded gospel album to be released by Third Man Records. Helmed by Bergman’s heavenly voice, the music is steeped in mystic melodies, time-bending tones of psychedelic rock, soul and a spiritual healing that’s much-needed in the wake of 2020. ‘Mercy’ was mastered by Warren Defever of His Name Is Alive, additional production comes from Elliot Bergman and Erik Hall, and vocal contributions include Elsa Harris and the Larry Landfair Singers, who Natalie sang with at her father’s funeral.
Pre-order ‘Mercy’ here
Third Man Records was launched by Jack White in Detroit, MI in 2001, and in 2009 opened its current Nashville, TN location, which houses a record store, novelties lounge (featuring the Third Man Record Booth), label offices and distribution center, photo studio, and the world’s only live venue with direct-to-acetate recording capabilities. Third Man Records returned to Detroit in November 2015 with its second physical location, Third Man Records Cass Corridor — record store, novelties lounge, in-store performance stage, record booth, and vinyl record pressing plant, which you can witness in action through viewing windows in the store, pressing the very records available for purchase. Third Man is an innovator in the world of vinyl records and a boundary pusher in the world of recorded music, aiming to bring tangibility and spontaneity back into the record business and issue releases that leave no doubt in the minds of listeners that music is indeed sacred.
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