The latest release from Mùm
, an indie electronica
group from Iceland
, probably not coincidentally the same place that produced Björk
and Sigur Rós
. Their record label Thule Iceland
describes them as a group of "painfully ordinary
kids from a middle class
background." Who, in this case, have produced a real gem in a sea of electronic
They take their influence from the post-Autechre world of IDM and the likes of Kid 606 and Matmos, sculpting music from an atomic collection of glitchy clicks, trills, fizz, and pings--but unlike the purists, they don't hesitate to add a real live trumpet or upright bass when called for. What further sets them apart is the sparkling purity of the samples they mix--the music has an expressive texture and vibe that adds depth to even a static pop. Mix in some mad beats and strains of gorgeous melodies and you have a hell of a record.
Morr Music also released a remix of this album entitled Please Smile My Noise Bleed, featuring Styrofoam, Isan, Phonem, Christian Kleine, Arovane, and B. Fleischmann.