At last, the Icelandic eccentric pop band Múm are releasing some new music, mind you it is a series of their previously unreleased jams and early recordings but still, it’s better than nothing. The disc is dubbed Early Birds and it contains 15 songs with titles that are hard to pronounce. Still, it shows various sides to the group ranging from light and innocent to magical yet grim, all filled with experimental goodness. One of the many things that stands out about Early Birds is how seamlessly most of the songs fit in together, despite bringing its own creative feel to the disc.
“Glerbrot” has a very sporadic vibe to it, which makes it a fun number to let loose to. If one is a fan of a lighter, more serene sound, “0,000orð” is the piece for you. Its oceanic, sonar like sound will soothe the soul and it acts as a wonderful meditation for bed. “Lalalala Blái Hnötturinn” keeps the cool and refreshing feel going with its elegant bells and soft keys. The use of dog barks, as well as creating a modern Asian-fusion style sound through competing with complementary strings and keys, “Múm Spilar La La La” stands out as a top-notch piece of Early Birds.
Múm’s overall eccentric sound assures them high marks in the uniqueness category—though some may not be won over by their style of music. Early Birds is worth a listen, especially if you’re trying to branch out of the mainstream.
In A Word: Enlightening