MUM - SMILEWOUND (LP)


"You don't need to be Freud to regard teeth as a delicate issue. They can make joy look joyous and pain look painful, and on the cover of the new múm album they do both at the same time. As "Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is Okay" (2001), "Finally We Are No One" (2002) and "Sing Along To Songs You Don't Know" (2009) "Smilewound" is another example of the band's art of juxtaposing two conflicting meanings and taking advantage of the energy created through the tension between both. Sparser in sound than many of its predecessors, "Smilewound" is an airy, relaxed record. The múm-core-duo of Örvar Smárason and Gunni Tynes doesn't make you laugh out loud, but it will make you smile often - despite the heavenly voices singing about violence in one form or another in most songs. Musically, múm's capability to build playful electronic sound-ornaments around simple melodies is in full bloom. And these days they know that trimming the ornamentation can strengthen the melody. Recorded in, among other places, the band's practice-space, an old baltic farmhouse and on the kitchen-table after dinner, the album was produced by múm themselves. And being the revolving collective they are, it comes as no surprise that we see the return of former member Gyda Valtýsdóttir. Defining satellites as part of the core fits nicely with the band's penchant for ambivalence - in fact that's part of the album's charm." (label info) vinyl version comes in heavy cardboard gatefold cover, with printed inner sleeves and download code
in stock | DE| 2013| MORR MUSIC | 16.90


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