Boomkat Product Review:
Múm return with their third full album after the genre defining and blissed out 'Yesterday Was Dramatic Today Is OK' and the Fat Cat debut 'Finally We Are No One'. Now trimmed to a trio after Gya left to concentrate on her cello playing, the other twin sister Kristín now takes the full spotlight for the vocal duties. Musically darker (to reflect the times, no doubt) the trio, sometimes expandable to a quintet for live duties, still manage to make beautiful music from a seemingly randon patchwork of toy instrumentation and analogue trickery. In fact the electronics that were such an important feature of their debut album have all but dissapeared leaving instead the natural resonance of aged instruments and glowing wires. Recording in an isolated lighthouse in Iceland has added extra drama to this record, imbuing the music with some classic cinematic references - imagine music for a fairytale sequence in a Von-Trier film or the dark playfulness of Krystoff Komeda's soundtrack work for Polanski's early classic 'Cul-De-Sac'. The vocals can sometimes gnaw a little (ala Sigur Ros), so delicate and cutesy but this is countered by the killer musical backdrop. Fan's of Múm's previous albums will love this , special in that it grows in stature with every play. Highly recommended.