SONG OF THE DAY Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Ghosts & Pains


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Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin, better known as the Swedish rhythm-based Wildbirds & Peacedrums, are something of a musical phenomenon as far as I’m concerned!

Their music, often primal by nature, is chiefly based upon percussion, drums, vocals and an intense connection between the innovative duo whose creative emissions often transpire into wordless invocations and desperate mantras.

In November 2014 the pair returned with their first record in four years, aptly titled ‘Rhythm’ which, as Mariam explained, “is an album that explores the mental.  When you don’t know what is real or just happening inside of your head; when you’re breaking the boundaries between the physical realness that is the day-to-day life and the imagination. It’s about slipping and going too far and going out of your mind.”  

Recorded, written and produced by the pair on their own in their Stockholm studio, this album is stripped back and exposed, “We decided this should be our ‘going back to our roots’ album. Which is drums and vocals. Except for a bass line here and there, that is what it is.”

Unflinching and real and with the desire to generate a live-feel, Andreas explains, “Almost every song is one take. We recorded standing in the same room, no screens or isolation, looking each other in the eyes.”  There is definitely a discernible raw edge to this album where the constant flow between the lyrics and delivery throughout the whole album.

First track off their new album is titled ‘Ghosts & Pains’ and in this song it is easy to detect influences such as tropicalia, punk and the current sound of R&B.  Listen above

‘Rhythm’ was released on 3rd November last year via The Leaf Label and can be purchased from here

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