One of the best vocalist-drummer, husband-wife bands you'll find
Mar 12, 2009
Swedish husband and wife Andreas Werliin and Mariam Wallentin debuted their sparse yet powerful folk with Heartcore (Leaf) in 2008. It's the only new release this one-time music reviews editor has bought in recent months--a testiment to the beauty of the music and how refreshing I found it.
Music school dropouts, Werliin and Wallentin use their skills to create haunting, austere songs; Wallentin's deep, Janis Joplin voice soars over Werliin's complex percussion for an atmosphere perfect for spending a rainy, dark night indoors. Standout tracks on Heartcore are "The Way Things Go" (you won't be able to get the simple, propulsive beat and the title lyric out of your head) and "The Battle in the Water" (it's the only song where Werliin actually steps out from behind the drum kit and sings with Wallenti).
I first saw Wildbirds & Peacedrums when they performed at the Swedish Cultural Center in Paris, France. I was caught off-guard by the power of their performance, disarmed by the pull these two performers had on me. Percussion and vocals was all they had and it's all they needed. They're super fashionable too--I found myself eyeing the awesome gold accessories Wallentin had on.