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In addition to her solo work as Mariam The Believer, Mariam Wallentin is one half of vocal-and-drum-duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums with husband Andreas Werliin. She is also a founding member and composer in Fire! Orchestra.
"The follow up to 2013’s debut album - the critically acclaimed ‘Blood Donation’ released on Moshi Moshi – ‘Love Everything’ is written, produced and self-released on Mariam Wallentin’s own label Repeat Until Death.. Equipped with her courageously uncompromising approach to music-making Wallentin started Mariam the Believer to focus her expression into a pop project. In total 15 musicians collaborated on the album, resulting in songs that twist and turn evolving organically with each contribution.
From vocalist virtuoso Sofia Jernberg to drone experimentalist Oren Ambarchi and free form jazz star Mats Gustavsson, it’s an eclectic roll call, yet despite that Love Everything is at its very core, a collection of pure pop melodies. On ‘Love Everything’, she lets melodies lead the way – the piano flowing with harmonies that emphasise Wallentin’s powerful and at times raw, honest voice. The songs are ripe, ready to be eaten, before metamorphosing into new structures and an unexpected richness.
Power ballads are interrupted by a change of rhythms. Enchanting vocals turn into pulsating R’n’B, new opportunities are lurking behind every corner. In Wallentin’s lyricism, the heart is a muscle pumping blood. Approaching spiritual subjects rooted in the human body and nature, she pulls esoteric themes into a context and reaches dizzying heights."