Wildbirds & Peacedrums

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Wildbirds & Peacedrums
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Wildbirds & Peacedrums performing in 2008
Background information
Origin Gothenburg, Sweden
Genres Experimental
Psychedelic
Blues
Pop
Years active 2007–present
Labels The Leaf Label, Caprice, Found You Recordings
Website Official website
Members Mariam Wallentin
Andreas Werliin

Wildbirds & Peacedrums is a Swedish duo, Mariam Wallentin and husband Andreas Werliin.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Wallentin and Werliin met in 2004 whilst studying at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden. They married a year later and formed Wildbirds & Peacedrums in 2007. Their music primarily consists of drums, percussion and vocals, with Wallentin also playing the string instrument the cittre, pump-organs and steel-pan on some songs.

The band released their first album Heartcore in 2008, originally through Swedish label Found You Recordings, and later licensed to The Leaf Label for the rest of the world. That year, they were awarded the Årets Jazz i Sverige (Swedish Jazz Act of the Year), which funded the recording of their second album, The Snake, released in 2009.

The band received critical acclaim for their first album,[3][4] and in the summer of 2008 they undertook their first US tour and performed at several European festivals. They also supported other artists including Deerhoof, Efterklang, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Lykke Li and St. Vincent.

In 2010, Wildbirds & Peacedrums travelled to Iceland to record and subsequently released two vinyl EPs: Retina (May 24) and Iris (June 21). Retina featured cellist and arranger Hildur Guðnadóttir and the Schola Cantorum Reykjavík Chamber Choir. These two Eps were later compiled as an album entitled Rivers (released on August 23, 2010).[5]

In a reaction to their busy touring schedule, in 2014 the duo returned to their studio in Stockholm to write, record and produce their fourth album, Rhythm. This record saw Wildbirds & Peacedrums stripping their music back to its roots of voice and percussion. [6]

In 2015, their song "Peeling Off the Layers" from the Rivers album was used as the title music for the Sky Atlantic TV series Fortitude. [7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • My Heart (2009)
  • Retina (2010)
  • Iris (2010)

Awards[edit]

  • Årets Svensk Jazz (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clarke, Mia (5 May 2009). "The Snake". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Wildbirds & Peacedrums biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  3. ^ Nicholson, Stewart (April 20, 2008). "Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Heartcore". The Guardian. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gaerig, Andrew (June 2, 2008). "Wildbirds & Peacedrums: Heartcore". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Leaf Label: RIVERS". Theleaflabel.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Leaf Label: RHYTHM". Theleaflabel.com. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Leaf Label: Wildbirds & Peacedrums soundtrack Fortitude TV drama". Theleaflabel.com. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Rhythm - Wildbirds & Peacedrums". Wildbirds & Peacedrums. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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