|1. Hu Hviss - A Ship|
|2. Weeping Rock, Rock|
|3. Nightly Cares|
|4. The Ghosts You Draw on My Back|
|6. Sing Me Out the Window|
|7. The Islands Children’s Children|
|8. Oh, How the Boats Drift|
|9. Small Deaths Are the Saddest|
|10. Will the Summer Make Good for All Our Sins?|
|11. Abandoned Ship Bells|
The album was written in an isolated Icelandic lighthouse and recorded in a weather-station; creaking, dripping and pecking sounds place you in a dark, cold wooden shack in some remote part of Iceland and the journey begins.
Feeling slightly uncomfortable to begin with, I gave in to Múm's mystical sound and daydreamed of sailing in the North Atlantic in a longboat. Kirsten's poetic, childlike, Icelandic vocal tones are almost whispered, adding a strange 'oldness';you feel you're listening to a soundtrack for some silent film. You can't help but increase the volume to try and catch all the intricacies; you can imagine the music accompanying an ancient silent film; a fairy-tale or a mystery, perhaps. Even the breaks between tracks seem to be dripping with atmosphere.
This partly due to Múm's use of 'classic' technology; their vintage amplifiers, gramophone speakers and one inch analogue tape creating a time-honoured grain.
It is said that folklore is very important to the Icelanders - tales of magic, elves, spirits and superstitions abound. The country even has a folklore museum. The diversity of Múm's fan-base certainly reflects their style, and we should take their example. This is one for everyone to try at least once! --Shamir Masri
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The standard album is amazing, drawing out very deep emotions and vibrating to a crescendo which is difficult to describe. At times, it feels more folky than previous albums, but definitely feels like múm. The interlude-type tracks are more emotional and inspiring than those of Finally We Are No One. In the later tracks, it kind of seems as though they're aimlessly dabling around. However, at first I felt the same way about Finally..., then after growing into the early tracks, I came to love the depth of the later tracks, and even prefering them.
Hopefully I'll be lucky enough to acquire this limited edition version. (4.5 Stars)
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