Thursday, 19 June 2008

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Heartcore (2007)

I picked this record up at Jumbo Records in Leeds, on recommendation and have had it over a month now. So now, I have chosen to write about it, finally! That, and the fact that I'm back from university and unemployed. But, I digress.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums are a Swedish two-piece, semi-rooted in the blues, but to describe them that simply would be an injustice. Mariam Wallentin's vocal is anything but ordinary, and often verges on that of The Knife before veering off into the weird and wonderful. The instrumentation is heavily rhythmic and can differ from simple percussion to heavy drum passages, all by drummer/vocalist Andreas Werlin. Any other instruments are electronic but these are sparse and only feature on a few tracks.



The start of the album is so sparse you almost wonder in anticipation at some explosion of sound, but eventually you can begin to appreciate the simplicity of those first few tracks. My personal favourites are in the middle of the album, the jumpy "Doubt/Hope" with its danceable drum beat and the atmospheric synth's of "The Battle In Water". In truth though, this really is something truly different and that is saying something in an age of music where that word is so difficult to use. It may be a tough listen at first, but persevere with this duo and you will be rewarded.

Wildbirds and Peacedrums - "Doubt/Hope"

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I think that it is so interesting, I would like to get more information about it because I feel so excited with the post!!Wildbirds & Peacedrums is an experimental band from Sweden consisting of two members, Mariam Wallentin and her husband Andreas Werliin!!! I have not known it! it is new for me!

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