Múm (pronounced “moom”) are from Iceland.
I first heard them this afternoon on a lovingly crafted mixtape. Mixtapes are tough because they’re rarely something you can play all the way through. They tend to be a very particular slice of someone else’s taste – even though invariably done with you in mind. Sadly, if you’re anything like picky about your music you normally only tickle your way through it once and then leave it on the back of your desk with the old pizza crusts and dead flies.
From 20 tracks on my mixtape there were only 4 that I enjoyed, one of them being a track by Múm. I really like this kind of electronica, with the occasional soft vocal on some tracks and weird clicky percussion. It’s like Radiohead without the mmm, oh so very public masturbation.
Múm were formed in 1997 by original members Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason (‘Orvyporsmar’ to his mates), who were joined a year later by twin sisters Gyða and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir. According to band the name isn’t significant so I have no fun story for you. However, it turns out for some reason the twins left the band a few months apart. I don’t know why, they’re keeping múm about it. Ahem.
Their fourth album was released in September 2007 – ‘Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy’. I love the titles given in English by non-native speakers; always worth a giggle for some inexplicable reason. Below is a lovely little homemade video by a fan; combined with the music it has a bittersweet nostalgic flavour I think you’ll agree kiids.
Anyway, they have a few other songs on YouTube and the ones I’ve found are all worthy of your time and ears. Don’t try searching for them on Google though, it’s possibly the most unsearchable name after The The. I’m hoping for a new album soon, with perhaps a cover of ‘Da Da Da’.
Best consumed on a frosty night in room 303 of The Ice Hotel. Pair with cinnamon vodka and fluffy slippers.
Radiohead + Aphex Twin + Squarepusher + Grandäd & Grandmúm