Album Review: Tones – the Bergamot

Having opened for Wiz Khalifa, All American Rejects, and Young the Giant, The Bergamot are a husband-wife duo based out of Brooklyn, New York. Their music is influenced by artists such as Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, the Dave Matthews Band, and the Beatles. Intent on spreading unity, love, and peace, the Bergamot are currently on a “Unity Tour” to all fifty states for their recent album Tones.

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The album cover.

The first track off of the album, titled Forget About Tomorrow, begins with soft singing and various instruments before going into a somewhat upbeat tune. The song is about living in the moment, and is decently repetitive. The two verses are only three or four lines each, and the same line (“forget about tomorrow if you want to live today”) is repeated too many times to count. It’s a good song, though, and ends with a vocal slide on the word “tomorrow”. The second and title track, Tones, begins with a recorded message similar to those on phones. Jillian Speece is the main vocalist for this song, and her voice has an incredibly unique sound quality to it. In this song, it’s more difficult to distinguish the individual parts of it. The verses blend in seamlessly to the pre-chorus, which transitions easily into the chorus, making it sound a lot more natural than most pop songs. The third track is entitled Burst Out, and it begins with piano and Speece’s rich vocals. Although Speece excels at belting, she hits surprisingly high notes with grace, and displays that in this song. Burst Out also features a musical interlude, comprised of somewhat intense, emotional instrumentals that manage to convey the same messages as the lyrics.

The fifth track, Alive, begins with the husband of the duo singing. Nathaniel Paul Hoff, as he’s known, has a slightly less polished voice than his wife. This doesn’t, however, make him better or worse than her; their voices complement each other nicely. The track is shorter than the previous few, and ends sooner than expected. The seventh track, School Note, is much longer than Alive, clocking in at five minutes and nineteen seconds. It’s a softer, melancholy track full of nostalgia and memories.

The tenth track, Next To You, is more upbeat and fun than Alive or School Note. Hoff’s vocals give the song an almost country feel, while Speece keeps it bright with her belting. Next To You is also more fun than the others, and seems much more personal to the couple.

The last track, Feels The Same, begins with soft guitar and main vocals from Hoff before adding in Speece with a quiet harmony. A smooth transition leads into a faster take with more instruments and both members singing together. Feels The Same shows the vocal abilities of both Speece and Hoff, while simultaneously proving their versatility and clear connection.

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The Unity Car, part of The Bergamot’s quest for peace.

The Bergamot is a unique, talented band with a passion for unity and peace. This is made clear by not only the theme of their current tour, but the lyrics and emotions prominent in their music.

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