Monday, 6 October 2014

Art of the Cover - Wildbirds & Peacedrums "Rhythm" (2014)

Minimalicious ... mmmmm!!

Yap,  the Swedish experimental duo are back with another real interesting collection.

 "Rhythm" - their fourth album - drops at the end of the month.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums is husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin. It is their unflinching vision. No other ears. No other fingerprints.

They return with their first record in four years; lean, hungry and defiant. In stripping back they have discovered an unblinking directness, a taut muscularity honed from years of intensive live performance.

Over the course of three acclaimed albums - Heartcore (2008), The Snake (2009) and Rivers (2010) - Wildbirds & Peacedrums have established themselves as a powerful, single-minded proposition. In the time between the Rivers and Rhythm LPs, Mariam and Andreas have been involved in an impressive range of projects and collaborations. Wallentin released her first solo album as Mariam The Believer and starred in Ben Frost’s celebrated Wasp Factory opera. Werliin has been working as a producer and performing with Fire! and the Swedish Grammy-winning Tonbruket.

Written, recorded and produced by the pair in their Stockholm studio. There is an unshakeable confidence in the execution of "Rhythm", which could only be achieved by working in this way. Proof that intuitive and primal interplay between voice and drums still has the power to leave you breathless.

“Sound-wise we wanted it to feel like a live experience,” 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."


01 – Ghosts & Pains
02 – The Offbeat
03 – Gold Digger
04 – Mind Blues
05 – Who I Was
06 – Soft Wind, Soft Death
07 – The Unreal vs The Real
08 – Keep Some Hope
09 – Everything All The Time

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