múm performing at the Aldrei fór ég suður festival in Ísafjörður, 2009
|Genres||Electronic, experimental, Icelandic, post-rock, folktronica, dream pop, trip hop, ambient, indie, lo-fi, glitch|
|Associated acts||FM Belfast|
|Members||Gunnar Örn Tynes
Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason
Eiríkur Orri Olafsson
Róbert Sturla Reynisson
|Past members||Gyða Valtýsdóttir
Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir
múm (Icelandic pronunciation: [muːm]) are an experimental Icelandic musical group whose music is characterized by soft vocals, electronic glitch beats and effects, and a variety of traditional and unconventional instruments.
The band was formed in 1997 by original members Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason, who were joined by twin sisters Gyða and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir. According to Kristín, the band's name was not intended to mean anything. Gyða left the band to return to her studies after the release of Finally We Are No One. In early 2006, Kristín also left the band, although it was not officially announced until 23 November of that year. With only Tynes and Smárason remaining in the group, a large group of new musicians were brought on board: guitarist/vocalist/violinist Ólöf Arnalds, trumpet/keyboard player Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson, vocalist/cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir, percussionist Samuli Kosminen, and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Mr. Silla. The new collective of musicians recorded their fourth album during 2006; Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy was released on 24 September 2007.
múm toured the East Coast of the US with German musician Volker "Hauschka" Bertelmann In November 2007. They returned in Spring 2008 with the same set list. Both tours included songs from the album, Go, Go Smear the Poison Ivy.
On 27 August 2008, they announced on their official website that "múm is quietly but surely [working on] their new album. No release date has been etched in stone, but every day will bring it closer." múm also released several pictures of themselves during the recording process on their My Space page.
During a 22 May 2009 concert in Burgos, Spain, múm played songs from their newest album Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know. The album, recorded in Finland, Estonia, and Iceland, was released as a download through Gogoyoko on 17 August 2009, and on CD on 24 August 2009.
On 1 June 2012, múm released a compilation titled Early Birds, featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1998 and 2000. On 9 February 2013, a collaboration of theirs with Kylie Minogue called "Whistle" surfaced on SoundCloud.
- Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK (TMT, 2000; reissue Morr Music, 2005)
- Finally We Are No One (Fat Cat Records, 2002)
- Loksins erum við engin (Smekkleysa Records, 2002) — the Icelandic version of "Finally We Are No One"
- Summer Make Good (Fat Cat Records, 2004)
- Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy (Fat Cat Records, 2007)
- Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know (Morr Music, 2009)
- Smilewound (Morr Music, 2013)
- Blái Hnötturinn (2001) — Soundtrack
- Motorlab No. 2 (2001) — 3 tracks contributed to compilation album by Kitchen Motors
- Please Smile My Noise Bleed (Morr Music, 2001) — 3 New Tracks + Remixes
- Remixed (TMT, 2001) — Versions of Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is Ok
- Fálkar (Smekkleysa Records, 2002) — contributed "Grasi Vaxin Göng"
- Wicker Park (soundtrack) (Lakeshore Records, 2004) — contributed "We Have a Map of the Piano"
- Screaming Masterpiece (2005) — Appeared in the documentary with the video for "Green Grass of Tunnel" and contributed the same song to the soundtrack.
- Friends of the Random Summer (2005) — 3 CD, Unofficial Release.
- Kitchen Motors Family Album/Fjölskyldualbúm Tilraunaeldhússins (Spring 2006) — contributed "Asleep in a Hiding Place"
- Early Birds (Morr Music, June 2012) — 15 rares, lost and unreleased tracks.
- The Ballað of the Broken Birdie Records (TMT, 2000)
- Dusk Log (Fat Cat Records, 2004)
- The Peel Session (Fat Cat Records, 2006) (Maida Vale 4 Studio 2002)
- Gleðileg Jól (A Number Of Small Things, 2011)
- Green Grass of Tunnel (Fat Cat Records, 2002)
- Nightly Cares (Fat Cat Records, 2004)
- They Made Frogs Smoke 'til They Exploded (Fat Cat Records, 2007)
- Marmalade Fires (Fat Cat Records, 2007)
- Prophecies and Reversed Memories (Morr Music, 2009)
- "Whistle" (Parlophone, 2013)
- Toothwheels (Morr Music, 2013)
- "Múm Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
- "Kristín Anna’s Farewell". Fat-cat.co.uk. 2006-11-23. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
- DuShane, Tony (2008-11-20). "Hauschka experiments with classical piano music". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
- Múm Hatch New Full-Length
- "NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCED: Smilewound". múm. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Cassette Store Day releases". cassettestoreday.com. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- Official website
- múm at FatCat Records
- Interview on BYT
- múm and Sing Fang Bous performing 'Erupting Light' on MPLS.TV
- Interview with artistxite