Photo: Klara Källström och Thobias Fäldt
Mariam The Believer is the nom de guerre that Mariam Wallentin, the singer from the duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums, has chosen for herself. In this solo adventure Wallentin leaves the mix of minimalistic blues, pop and rock impro that has been the characteristic of Wildbirds & Peacedrums behind, and steps down into a dark hole filled with vibrant creativity.
An oriental ambience fuses with the warm silhouettes of experimental pop and unpolished soul in a way that nourishes both body and mind.
”The String of Everything” is the first single from Mariam The Believers debut ”Blood Donation” (Repeat Until Death) ; it is a slow wave of pure energy – unfiltered, melodic and direct. Combine Alice Coltrane, PJ Harvey and Grace Slick and slowly spread that aura over the surrounding world.
“At her most tame, the comparison to Nina Simone still rings true for Wallentin. At her wildest, she is nobody but herself” – Drowned In sound
“Wallentin’s startling voice, combining Janis Joplin’s strength and Judy Garland’s vulnerability…” – The Guardian