Natalie Bergman “Paint The Rain” Beck Remix is out now! Stream here: orcd.co/painttherainbeck
Natalie Bergman and Beck channel their close friendship into a brand new collaboration, joining forces to release a remix of Bergman’s own “Paint The Rain.” Beck reconstructs the hypnotic haze of “Paint The Rain,” turning the highlight of Bergman’s album Mercy into a simmering dirge of distorted guitar and churning power chords that erupt with each chorus.
Natalie Bergman and Beck first met when her band Wild Belle opened for him and Cage The Elephant on 2019’s Night Running tour. They formed the basis of a creative kinship that continued as Bergman began to cope with the loss of her father and stepmother, a tragic accident that led to the spiritual and solitary journey of self-producing her first-ever solo album, Mercy (out now on Third Man Records). By the time the two artists reconnected again, months following the arrival of the pandemic, Natalie Bergman had finished writing the music. During a trip to the beach she played one of the songs for him, with just a small guitar against the sunset, and Beck remembers:
“She asked me to sing it with her on the album but unfortunately I never made it to the studio in time. Soon after she emerged with a record which does the difficult job of translating one’s life and the world in its darkest hour into song. To navigate those experiences and emotions and translate them into songs that can be sung and felt is much more difficult and fraught than one can imagine. To overcome despair and rework it into a thing of beauty takes a kind of strength. As I hear songs created as the world was coming apart and in the aftermath of loss it seems to be even more miraculous when you consider its redemptive quality which even comforts and uplifts, like the gospel music that inspired many of the songs. Where Art making and healing intersect, there’s a particular sense of transcending. She has gone into the wilderness of that moment and painted the rain, invoked a kind of hope that is hard earned and offered a sense of healing, even finding there is still a joy in the world.” – Beck
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