Boomkat Product Review:
For those not already in the know, since their last batch of material Múm have parted company with vocalist Kristin Valtysdottir, and it seems like aeons have passed since their last album "Summer Make Good" hit shop shelves. Consequently you might be suspicious of the band running into some sort of creative trouble, but far from it: the long hiatus and personnel change has left them refreshed and quite possibly on the best form of their career to date. Instrumentally, this album is distinctly more vibrant than the dour muted colours of Summer Make Good's seasick sound palette. From the very opening of 'Blessed Brambles' you can hear an orchestra of twittering toy instruments chirruping a buoyant melody, paving the way for the group to break into a collective, jubilant chorus. 'A Little Bit, Sometimes' expounds upon this, adding that familiar Múm-ish half-sea shanty, half-oompah dynamic along the way. Also present and correct are the twinkling music box melodies that every Icelandic band are seemingly obliged to dish out, but on "Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy" that sort of thing is only a part of the bigger picture. Take the mournful 'Moon Pulls': it's based around a few piano chords embellished by clanging strings and metallic percussion buried low down in the mix. The perfect follow up is 'Marmalade Fires', which takes the same mood and adds a smattering of harp and strings, before the fairyland hoedown 'Rhubarbidoo' starts up. There's a decent helping of electronic weirdness here too, ranging from a few subtle treatments of acoustic instruments to fuzzy, fast-paced beats (as on the nutty 'Dancing Behind My Eyelids'). Long-term Múm fans will no doubt be delighted to discover the group in such fine form, but those new to the band have never had a better reason for delving into their idiosyncratic, offbeat universe.