Feeling: Wildbirds & Peacedrums
In the interest of updating more often, and, shall we say, with a bit more meat on the blogbones, you may see more blurb-style coverage of new discoveries (as though there were any other kind). Here's a first shot across the bow. This isn't out for a few months, but it's worth keeping your ears peeled for.
Wildbirds & Peacedrums, The Snake (Leaf)
From Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Gothenberg, Sweden's husband-wife duo of Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin, comes this out-of-nowhere gem of syche-drone-mistpop bliss, somewhere between High Places, White Magic, and Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, but somehow more muscular. There are shreds of the blues, and gospel and the popping veins of a lithe beat essence courtesy Werliin's percussion; singer Mariam Wallentin has a voice unlike any other, though—and refreshingly—it doesn't wear its uniqueness as a badge of honor. (You could conceivably find comparisons to Kate Bush, Siouxsie and maybe PJ Harvey, but more in the sense that all are such distinctive and embodied voices.) Strange and magical, the perfect listening for waking up at 6am, jetlagged and wired and left with the curious sensation that your soul is drifting several time-zones behind you (pace Cayce Pollard). Oddly, I could easily imagine them being from Portland, Oregon—must be a west coast thing. Out April 13.