I didn’t write about this gig the day after I went because I couldn’t find this song, and it’s the song I wanted to write about.

I remembered it today… and managed to find it on soundcloud:

Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Wild is the Wind (Live at The Lexington)

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Rivers

You can gauge from the 200-strong crowd in pin-drop silence in the background of the recording just how hypnotic the performance from singer Mariam Wallentin and drummer Andreas Werliin was during that specific song – barely audible and so all the more intense vocals backed by the subtlest hint of percussion.

The rest of the set was fantastic but it was this particular song almost moved me to tears – a version of a song originally sung by Johnny Mathis in the late 50s and most famously covered by Nina Simone and, later, David Bowie.

Thank you to morrisday for capturing a moment of which I might not otherwise have had any record.

I came away from the gig thinking “I know why they’re called Wildbirds & Peacedrums”… except there’s only one bird. (I’m sorry, I had to do that – this post is far too serious without it…)

The two-piece are from Sweden, and are currently on The Leaf Label, with their last release, Rivers, being the focus of their recent shows – the last of which was at Union Chapel backed by a choir which I have no doubt would have been breathtaking in such an awe-inspiring venue.

My favourite track from the album is Iris: The Wave, available to stream on we7, and if you can catch a show, do – I’d go again.