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Múm performing at the Aldrei fór ég suður festival in Ísafjörður, 2009
Múm performing at the Aldrei fór ég suður festival in Ísafjörður, 2009
Background information
GenresIndietronica, experimental pop, folktronica, dream pop, glitch pop
Years active1997–present
MembersGunnar Örn Tynes
Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason
Gyða Valtýsdóttir
Samuli Kosminen
Róbert Sturla Reynisson
Sigurlaug Gisladottir
Past membersKristín Anna Valtýsdóttir
Hildur Guðnadóttir
Ólöf Arnalds
Eiríkur Orri Olafsson

Múm (stylized in lowercase) (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[muːm]) is an Icelandic indietronica band 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.[2] 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.[2] In early 2006, Kristín also left the band, although it was not officially announced until 23 November of that year.[3] 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.[2] 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.[4] 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 MySpace 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,[2] was released as a download through Gogoyoko on 17 August 2009, and on CD on 24 August 2009.[5]

In December 2011, Múm released an EP called Gleðileg Jól (Merry Christmas in Icelandic) with traditional Icelandic Christmas songs. There are two songs plus one extra track.[6]

On 1 June 2012, Múm released a compilation titled Early Birds, featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1998 and 2000.[7] On 9 February 2013, a collaboration of theirs with Kylie Minogue called "Whistle" surfaced on SoundCloud.[8]

Múm released their sixth album Smilewound in September, 2013 on CD, vinyl and digital download.[9] On 7 September, it was released on cassette for Cassette Store Day.[10]

In 2019, Morr Music celebrated the 20th anniversary of múm's debut album, Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK, by rereleasing it.[11] Múm toured around Europe and China following this rerelease, and have also announced US tour that takes place in March and April 2020.[12]





  • The Ballað of the Broken Birdie Records (TMT, 2000)
  • Dusk Log (FatCat Records, 2004)
  • The Peel Session (FatCat Records, 2006) (Maida Vale 4 Studio 2002)
  • Gleðileg Jól (A Number of Small Things, 2011)
  • Mysteries (A Number of Small Things, 2013) 100 copies only
  • Menschen am Sonntag - Live in Berlin (Morr Music, 2018)



  1. ^ "POSTPONED: Múm performing "Yesterday was Dramatic - Today Is Ok"". Eventbrite.com. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Múm Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Kristín Anna's Farewell". Fat-cat.co.uk. 23 November 2006. Archived from the original on 3 August 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  4. ^ DuShane, Tony (20 November 2008). "Hauschka experiments with classical piano music". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Múm Hatch New Full-Length". Retrieved 20 June 2015.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Gleðileg Jól (w/ Digital Bonus Track)". Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Morr Music". Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Kylie - Whistle (Feat. Múm) by KaneW on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds". soundcloud.com. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  9. ^ "NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCED: Smilewound". Mum.is. Archived from the original on 28 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Cassette Store Day releases". Cassettestoreday.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Release". Morrmusic.com. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Múm touring around Big Ears festival, celebrating 'Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK' 20th anniversary". BrooklynVegan.com. Retrieved 30 March 2020.

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