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Wildbirds & Peacedrums is vocalist Mariam Wallentin and percussionist Andreas Werliin, a married Swedish couple making bold and remarkable music that falls somewhere between indie rock and experimental jazz. Wallentin may be the only scatting indie-rock vocalist on the horizon at the moment, and she does it with gusto and skill: her utterances pour forth as natural as spring water gushing from a well, surging and effervescent, in both bottom-diving lows and airy, near-whisper trills. Wallentin moans, yelps, and croons like a jazzy punk-art provocateur, but there is an odd serenity running through Snake, perhaps owing to the music’s tribal feel and trance-inducing power, or perhaps to Werliin’s dynamic, unadorned percussion, pulsing like a heartbeat. Mesmerizing, otherworldly tracks like “Island,” “Great Lines” and “Who Ho Ho Ho” are the delicate flip side to the combustive, edgy music that puts the duo in the upper echelons of any current art-punk genre that might exist: from the soulful blues of “Places” and “Today/Tomorrow” to the veiled pop of “Chain of Steel” and the haunting power of “There Is No Light,” The Snake is strikingly original.

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Like a thief in the night

Bold.Maverick.Shameless. This music has been created for much time...finally now we can pay for brilliance in America. Some thought so many things, but now we know that these sugar water confirm our minds. So lovely, thanks our darlings!

Pure Bliss

In a time when access to indie/experimental music is nothing short of overwhelming, It's still hard to find innovative music. W&P's simplistic approach to music making using only Drums, xylophone, the occasional steelpan and the stunningly beautiful Miriam's vocal prowess allow them to convey an uninhibited emotional honesty. Wildbirds and Peacedrums is musical bliss.

Apple Commercial Congratulations

Congratulations to this husband and wife team for landing a huge TV commercial, one of the first for Apple Music, exposing their song "There Is No Light" to millions upon millions of people. This song drove me on a search to find out who created that music...and, look, I found it. And bought it.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An almost unclassifiable mix of spare, bluesy vocals and powerful drumming -- with some pop and jazz elements mixed in for good measure -- Sweden's Wildbirds & Peacedrums feature singer Mariam Wallentin and drummer Andreas Werliin. The pair met in 2004 at Gothenburg's Academy of Music and Drama but, frustrated with the institute's rigid format, they began making music on their own the following year (and also got married). They released two limited-edition CD-Rs on their own before recording their...
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