Published 26 January, 2015 by DM
The sparse beauty of Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ ‘Peeling Off The Layers’ has been selected to soundtrack Sky Atlantic’s new flagship series Fortitude. Music director and composer Ben Frost has chosen the track from the Swedish duo’s 2010 album Rivers as the series’ title music.
Recorded by Frost in Reykjavík’s Guðríðarkirkja church with the Schola Cantorum Reykjavík Chamber Choir (arranged by Hildur Guðnadóttir), the track reflects the breathtaking Icelandic scenery that acts as the backdrop to Fortitude’s unsettling narrative. Keep an ear out for more Wildbirds material later in the series.
Featuring a heavyweight cast of Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and Sofie Grabol, Fortitude premieres on Thursday January 29th at 9pm.
Radioland: Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity Revisited
Published 15 January, 2015 by DM
Polar Bear album reissues
Published 08 December, 2014 by DM
Following the success of In Each And Every One, shortlisted for this year’s Mercury Prize, Polar Bear have now brought their first three albums under the Leaf umbrella. Unavailable for the last two years, their 2004 debut Dim Lit, previous Mercury Prize shortlisted album Held On The Tips Of Fingers (both originally released through Babel) and the eponymously titled third album (originally on Tin Angel) are available digitally from today, with physical reissues in the pipeline.
These three albums show a ceaselessly creative band developing and evolving, bringing a vast array of influences under their spell. Celebrated throughout their career, they picked up BBC Jazz Award nominations for their first two records, while Jazzwise selected Held On The Tips Of Fingers as one of the 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World. This is the perfect time to (re)acquaint yourself with a stunning back catalogue before the forthcoming (sixth) Polar Bear album lands in the spring of 2015.
Polar Bear have added a number of shows to their 2015 tour schedule. Click here for all the details.
Polar Bear - Mercury Prize, tour & 6 Music mix
Published 28 October, 2014 by DM
The Mercury Prize ceremony is almost upon us. Debate on who will win, who should win and whether any Mercury winner will ever better Elegant Slumming is reaching fever pitch. You will be able to enjoy a live performance from Polar Bear at the awards on More 4, Wednesday from 2130.
As we celebrate In Each And Every One’s Mercury selection, plans are well underway for the next Polar Bear album. A number of shows across Europe have just been announced for 2015. See our live page for details. There will be more coming shortly.
You can listen again to Seb Rochford’s guest mix for Tom Ravenscroft’s BBC 6 Music show last Friday.
- Wildbirds & Peacedrums soundtrack Fortitude TV drama
- Radioland: Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity Revisited
- Polar Bear album reissues
- Polar Bear - Mercury Prize, tour & 6 Music mix
- Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Rhythm album stream
- Matthew Bourne at Leeds International Film Festival
- Melt Yourself Down - That's Life mixtape
- Jamie Cullum champions Polar Bear
- Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Keep Some Hope
- Polar Bear with Jin Jin - Cuckoo
- Polar Bear announce special one-off London show in October
- Jherek Bischoff - Kickstarter campaign
- Watch: Polar Bear live video
- 20th anniversary vinyl reissues
- Polar Bear - Mercury Music Prize 2014
Held On The Tips Of Fingers
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Keep Some Hope
Cuckoo (with Jin Jin)
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