Wildbirds And Peacedrums Rivers on LP + CD
Available on Vinyl for the First Time!
2010's Rivers is the mesmerizing third album by Sweden's Wildbirds & Peacedrums, combining the two limited edition vinyl only 12" EPs, Retina and Iris, which were released in May and June 2010 respectively. Characteristically, Wildbirds emphasize instinct, emotional rawness and purity of expression over perfection. The whole album was recorded and mixed in Reykjavík in a single week, and retains an intentionally spontaneous, live feel.
A new sense of restraint and control is apparent, compared to Wildbirds' previous albums (2008's Heartcore and 2009's The Snake) and their blistering live shows, consciously bringing Mariam Wallentin's lyrical concerns into clearer focus. While the two EPs are sonically quite distinct, they complement each other with unifying themes of reflection, light and water. Heard in the context of the album, the songs are revealed as an extraordinary body of work.
The Retina half of the album comprises five colossal songs, stratospheric in scale and emotional scope. Recorded in the modern Guðríðarkirkja church with the 12-strong Schola Cantorum Reykjavík Chamber Choir (who also featured on Björk's Medulla album), with arrangements by Guðnadóttir. Standouts are the atmospheric "Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood" and the powerful, percussive "Fight For Me."
Recorded in Reykjavík's Greenhouse studios, the five songs that make up Iris are an oasis of introspection measured against Retina's overwhelming torrent. The songs revolve around the uniquely resonant sound of the steel pan – Mariam Wallentin's current musical passion. Alongside her haunting vocal and Andreas Werliin's elemental percussion (and very little else), the instrument gives the recordings a more intimate, direct sound that counterbalances Retina's more expansive ambiance.