Wildbirds And Peacedrums

Swedish duo

The liberated abandon of Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ primitive soul music strikes an immediate and invigorating chord, as anyone who has seen them over the past year will attest. With second album 'The Snake', they deliver an adrenalin shot of passion straight to the heart, with songs that draw on anger and frustration as well as the life-affirming ardour that propels their music. “This record is not the typical second album. You know – filled with a lot of doubts,” explains Mariam with characteristic self-assurance. “We only work from intuition, on instinct. We’re not looking for perfection in music, rather for life and feeling. We like to be more explosive!” Improbable recipients of the prestigious Jazz In Sweden 2008 prize, Mariam and Andreas used their winnings to record at the Soundtrack Of Our Lives-owned Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg. Vocals and drums were brilliantly recorded live to tape, and the spontaneity of the resulting album captures the intense bond between the couple, while expanding their sonic palette to include steel drum, piano, xylophone, marimba, Rhodes and more. “We tried to deconstruct the roles we have as a drummer/singer, so Mariam plays the same number of instruments as me,” Andreas explains. “We both have the zodiac sign of the Lion, you know – so we both need to feel strong and feel that we are in charge!” It’s this psychic muscle that drives The Snake. “We break loose with the new instruments as we do with everything else,” Mariam says. “The melodies are there from the first second, but because we are curious people we search for different sounds and rhythms, without making the music too messy and forced.”


Mariam Wallentin, Andreas Werliin


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