It’s pretty tough to describe the sound of Wildbirds & Peacedrums, a husband-wife duo from Sweden. I suppose those who write about music attach the “experimental” tag to artists and songs when that difficulty arises. W&P have been called “freak folk,” “psychadelic” and a host of other terms associated with a sound that’s somewhat hard to pin down.
Mariam Wallentin’s voice — even when it’s buried beneath crashing cymbal hits and menacing guitar riffs, or floats above frantic steel-drum playing and sticks out with sparse accompaniment — is the strength of Wildbirds & Peacedrums. She also plays strings, and I can only assume that her husband Andreas Werliin fills in all the electronic-sound and woodblock playing gaps. The result is something quite interesting and enjoyable.
The band’s latest LP, Rivers, due out in August, is the amalgamation of two LPs released within the last month. In fact, the first, Retinas, came out on May 24, and the second, Iris, emerged just today. Below is a sampling of the latest work from a duo that is creating some of the more unique and original music out there. Enjoy.
“The Course” By Wildbirds & Peacedrums (From Iris EP, out now on The Leaf Label)
“The Lake” By Wildbirds & Peacedrums (From Iris EP, out now on The Leaf Label)
“Fight For Me” By Wildbirds & Peacedrums (From Retinas EP, out now on The Leaf Label)
“My Heart (Radio Edit)” By Wildbirds & Peacedrums (From My Heart – EP, out now, self-released)
The, uhh… eccentric video for “Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood”
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