Múm – Summer Make Good

Múm are an Icelandic four-piece who have been building a steadily growing fan base. This latest release has apparently been written while locked away in a remote lighthouse in a place called Galtarviti and then recorded in an empty Weather Station cum lighthouse keepers house in Gardskagatá. These are remote places, exposed to the elements and hours from civilisation. This has had a profound effect on the songs that have made it to ‘Summer Make Good’. I say ‘songs’, but the album hangs together so well as one continuous piece that ‘movements’ may be a better choice of words. There is an ancient nautical feel to the whole album, manifesting itself in deep and rumbling creaks, wave-like washes of noise, percussive like electronic drips, snatches of sound that could be marine life and lapsing, as seas do, into stillness.

Throughout their uniquely atmospheric and ghostly music, there are the voices of the Valtýsdóttir sisters. Both sisters sing in remote and childlike style. They sound like, if you can get your head round this, a lisping and barely teenage Cerys Matthews. While the whispering style is initially unnerving, the vocals do lift the music beautifully and give it an air of peace and innocence.

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Label : Fatcat Records/Play It Again Sam (PIAS)

Release Date : 12 April 2004

Website : www.randomsummer.com


  • Hú Hviss – A Ship
  • Weeping Rock, Rock
  • Nightly Cares
  • The Ghosts You Draw On My Back
  • Stir
  • Sing Me Out The Window
  • The Island Of Children’s Children
  • Away
  • Oh, How The Boat Drifts
  • Small Deaths Are The Saddest
  • Will The Summer Make Good For All Of Our Sins?
  • Abandoned Ship Bells

Múm are Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason, Gyða Valtýsdóttir, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir and Gunnar Örn Tynes.

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