Mariam Wallentin is full of surprises.
The Scandinavian artist is one half of Wildbirds and Peacedrums, crafting thoughtful, contagious pop music with a folk slant. Turning solo, the songwriter is using the name Mariam The Believer for a new project which is much more introverted and, at times, darker than anything she has released previously.
Debut solo album 'Blood Donation' is blunt, stark in the manner it approaches themes such as loneliness and alienation, but warm and open in the manner in which they are presented.
Wallentin deftly interprets some quite weighty moments of self-doubt into beautiful, transcendental utterances. Speaking about the album recently, Mariam The Believer said: "To be in the dark, wanting the light. To learn how to give without demanding anything in return. Wanting to challenge the world, and yourself. But really, I probably just want the record to feel like something you’ve dug up from the dark ground".
'The String Of Everything' is a languid, intoxicating track which fully emphasises the scope and scale of Wallentin's songwriting. Mariam The Believer finishes by asking: "Don’t we want to learn something more, reach somewhere new and die someone else?"
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Mariam The Believer's new album 'Blood Donation' is set to be released on October 7th. Catch Mariam The Believer at the following shows:
14 Festival No. 6
15 Glasgow No Mean City (with Junip)
16 Leeds Brudenell Social Club (with Junip)
17 Bristol Fleece (with Junip)
18 London Shepherds Bush Empire (with Junip)
8 London St. Pancras Old Church (headline)
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