Wildbirds & Peacedrums soundtrack Fortitude TV drama
Published 26 January, 2015 by DM

Wildbirds & Peacedrums soundtrack Fortitude TV drama

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

Radioland: Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity Revisited

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Polar Bear album reissues
Published 08 December, 2014 by DM

Polar Bear album reissues

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.

Dim Lit, Held On The Tips Of Fingers and Polar Bear are available now at your friendly local digital retailer (Leaf shop, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon) or from the band's Bandcamp.

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.

Watch the video for 'Cuckoo' the new single by Polar Bear with Jin Jin.




Polar Bear: Polar Bear (BAY 97)
Polar Bear
Polar Bear
Polar Bear: Dim Lit (BAY95)
Polar Bear
Dim Lit

Wildbirds & Peacedrums: Rhythm (BAY94)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Wildbirds & Peacedrums: Keep Some Hope (WLDBRDS 3)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Keep Some Hope

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