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- Heartcore by Wildbirds & Peacedrums
9/10 Brian Staff review, 09 May 2008
Well it's been out low key style before has this album i'm clutching in my lobsteresque pincer. But rightfully so, Sweden's Wildbirds and Peacedrums have their strange and wilfully unhinged 'Heartcore' album reissued by Leaf for the widest possible audience. The lady on vocals is a right mentalist, I can tell thee. She's possesed by some real voodoo spirits, like she's attempting a tribal raindance, whooping it up in a well abstract stylee whilst the (beautifully recorded) drums tumble & rumble around her like a freeform avalanche. Then there's a tender downtempo tune where she showcases her slightly wonky lilting voice, full of earthy soul. & wonder. I can't really compare this bizarre & compelling record to anything except maybe early Scout Niblett & the first Leila album in it's experimental scope & organic percussive nature. Also Cocorosie and Bjork come to mind when absorbing some of the remarkable vocal gymnastics but honestly, this fucker is out there on it's own. Minimal, sensual & beguiling, there's some real magic afoot here, twinkly twilit interludes amongst some serious improvised pagan rhythms & stargazing mountain folk. I feel cleansed after listening to these sounds because a great deal is merely rudimentary percussion & Mariam Wallentin's swooping, soaring tones. Taken as a whole, it's got a real sense of the new, but this duo's utterly heartfelt attitude is steeped both in the purity of traditional music & the wild abandon of the avant garde, resulting in quite wonderful, special tunes. A spiritual & unique work, I can't recommend it highly enough! Looks like that's our AOTW
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