11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2008
As a fan of all types of electronic music, I first came across Mum when I purchased "We Are Glitter" (an album of remixes) by Goldfrapp. Two of it's tracks; "You Never Know" and "Number 1" were remixed by Mum and were given a totally new sound which I loved (Especially "Number 1" - fans of Mum or Goldfrapp must check this remix out!) So, I googled Mum and found that they had already released four albums and a number of EPs. I Went to HMV the next day and purchased "Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is Ok".
I didn't really get into it initially. Not that I'm saying I didn't like it because I did. I just found it a bit hard to listen to as it is very minimal and "light" and there isn't any conventional structure to these songs. I did listen to this album regularly as background music and found it quite relaxing and stimulating at the same time.
A month has passed and I'm now so in love with this album. I was alone at work today (it's a Saturday) and therefore could play what I wanted to hear. I listened to this entire album on repeat ALL day and really got the chance to listen to it properly in it's entirety. It really is a beautiful, charismatic, and atmospheric album. it really does make me feel alive and positive. It puts me in a very good mood.
If you enjoy, calm, tranquil, relaxing music and/or electronic music this is definitely recommended. It's hard to define this music. I guess it's got a "modern folk" sound that is mainly made of electronics. Very small, "insecty", gentle beats with some traditional instruments added for some tracks. Don't expect someting you can dance to (unless you're a bit of a hippy and plan to dance around the fire with your friends or something, he he, that actually sounds like fun) or play to your friends at a party (most people will not appreciate this music - unless they're deep thinkers or open minded, "arty" people). If you liked the instrumentation on Bjork's "Vespertine" you should love this album as much as I do.
If you do get this album and are initially dissappointed, just keep listening to it and try to really LISTEN. Light candles, burn some incense, put headphones on and listen to this with your eyes closed is what I'd suggest. And try listening to it when youre in a calm mood too.
I've just ordered Mum's second album "Finally We Are No One" and I can't wait to hear what it sounds like!
Hope my review helped (",)
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2001
Never heard of Mum? Nah, I hadn't either. Don't let that stop you snapping up this lovely album straight away.
Imagine the complex beat cut-ups of Autechre, the childlike noises of Aphex Twin, the warm atmospherics of Boards of Canada, and the twinkling wonder of Bjork all stirred together. Nice huh?
This is a gem of a record. Sublime melodic complexity, fascinating skittering sound, and all very mellow. It's darn hard to put your finger on exactly why it's so good, you just have to listen.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2006
I found this album about 3-4 years ago in an HMV in Chelmsford. I had been interested in Múm for awhile and heard of a 'hard to get a-hold of' first album and here it was. On the train ride home in June, a haze lulling the fields in the sunset was the perfect backdrop to this album.
Complex rhythms on old drum machines, whirring synths and sharp analog bells and the first mutterings of the lead singer amongst beautifully structured, jewelery box nostalgia, brought to you for about £6 less than I paid back in that summery twilight. If you're a fan of Múm or innate, beautiful music, do yourself a favour: buy this album, meet up with a loved one and sample it's childlike majesty again and again.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2001
Sigur Ros are not alone. It seems that Iceland has a bubbling music scene hiding beneath all those icebergs. This CD is mostly instrumental. File under: Lo-fi heavenly elctronica. It has a lot of childish nursery sounds. They are so sweet; it makes you want to get pregnant. This is sophisticated music. Pretentious but not stiff. Minimalist but fun. There must be a lot of angels flying around Reykjavik and touching people. And note this: Mum does not sound at all like Bjork. Not all Icelandic people are the same!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2004
quite possibly my favourite album of the last 5 years - a glacial musicbox of soothing nursery ryhmes with glitchy perfectly programmed organicsounding beats layered underneath - a soundtrack to every occassion,virtually never out of my minidisc since the day i found it, that hasserved me well as present for many....and all made by cute icelandic kids- those clever little scamps.....just a shame that the next two albums aernot half as good.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2003
The best way to describe Múm is, as my fellow reviewers have, childlike. The title of the opening track, "I'm 9 Today", sets the tone for the entire album with its simplicity of both samples and melodies often masking how intricately composed it is. At times flowing, other times disjointed, bordering on the slightly uncomfortable, the overriding vibe is one of your birthday party as a child, when the sunbeams blazed through the trees in summer, everything was orange tinged and you saw the world in a very simple way. Often through very cheap pink plastic sunglasses. Of times when you took a train ride off to some far away place with your parents and had the butterflies of excitement in your stomach (Awake on a train). These echoes of your childhood somewhat conflict with the title "Yesterday was traumatic - Today is ok" as we often find ourselves pining for the quieter times of our youth now that we're all grown up. But I guess Múm also delivers some poignant wisdom, carried through by "the ballad of the broken birdie records", which is like your child telling you about their day of adventures and imagination.
I warmed to Sigur Ros as they touched the part of the soul that comes out after everything gets so messed up that in the end, you're just left with a weird stillness descending upon you. I think Mum have also touched that part of my soul, but in a very different and innocent manner as a child wanting to hold my hand. I don't know if it makes me want to have babies. Perhaps run around a playground and get a good graze on my knee and some grass stains on my shirt...
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2004
Haunting, melodic, melancholy, beautiful, happy and strange..... all at the same time. if you don't own it....your missing out.
4 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2000
I never expected anything so sophisticated to come from Scandanavia - beats Abba or Roxette anytime. Starting with echoes of trip hop - the madness of DJ Shadow - and incorporating the noises of the farmyard and birds - Mum evolves and sucks you in to the Scandanavian summer, long and warm and gentle, an aurally sensual experience. Original and one of the best ever.