September 12, 2007


Mum (Iceland: The Future of Sound, PBS: Frontline)

Múm couldn't have chosen a more appropriate name. Merely a sound and lacking clear definition, the "word" múm personifies the music the band creates -- music based on the construction and reticulation of sounds.

The four young Icelanders, who met while working on a children's play, have put a new twist on electronic music. Two members of Múm are classically trained musicians, while the other two are skilled with laptops. Mixing the chilly style of Aphex Twin with warmer acoustic instruments, the quartet has set a new standard in electronic music. They won the Best Newcomer award at the Icelandic Music Awards in 1999 along with praise from music critics in Europe and the United States.

With titles that sound like rough English translations, Múm's music is characterized by computerized crackles, playful blips and bleeps with the running theme of water. The combination of melodicas, glockenspiels, accordions, synthesizers and various toy instruments, paired with the childlike voices of twin sisters KristÌn and Gyda, gives the music a feeling of innocence.

-BAND SITE: Mum (Fatcat Records)
-ALBUM SITE: Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy
-ALBUM SITE: Summer Make Good (Fat Cat Records)
-REVIEW ARCHIVE: Summer Make Good (MetaCritic)

Go Go Smear the Poison IvyMúm
"Dancing Behind My Eyelids" (mp3)
from "Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy"
(Fat Cat Records)

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