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Múm's Gone To Iceland ...

Press release:

Very excited to announce the brand new album from eccentric pop maestros MÚM, 'Sing Along To Songs You Don't Know' set for release 24th August on Morr Music. And what's more, you'll be able to get an early earful of it when the band hit the UK this July...

Two years after the release of their last album, Múm's fifth album proper is a more laid back album than their most recent outings - more relaxed and quietly sad, often recalling sand running through fingers or ripples on a lake. And to an even greater extent than their previous albums, 'Sing Along To Songs You Don't Know' is an ode to the light in its different shapes, from a fading bulb to the blinding sun.

The album was recorded in countless different places in four different countries, although most of it was done in Múm's native Iceland. Gunnar Örn Tynes moved to a cabin in the countryside where much of the album sprang to life, but as always Múm have a hard time staying put and recorded in both Estonia and Finland. In Estonia they borrowed a beautiful old house in Leigo, a place with hundreds of lakes, where they wrote new songs and recorded with the Estonian Suisapäisa Mixed choir.

Sometimes the music sounds naively utopic, but always manages to stay effortless and pure. As usual, the songs are brimming with unusual sounds, this time much of the songs revolve around a lightly prepared piano, hammered dulcimer, a string quartet, marimbas, guitars, ukuleles and if you listen carefully, in the background you can hear Örvar's parent's parakeet singing with the piano.

Much of the music was hatched in the middle of Iceland's recent political turmoil and uprising. The Icelandic government was forced to resign after intermittent civil unrest and the constant banging of pots and pans. By stretching the imagination, you can hear a link between the turbulent political situation and the serene idealism hidden in the music.

The collective on this album consists of Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason, Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson (trumpet / piano/ keyboards/ string arrangements), Hildur Guðnadóttir (cello/vocals), Sigurlaug Gísladóttir (Vocals/ ukulele/ various), Róbert Reynisson (guitars/ukuleles) and Finlander, Samuli Kosminen (drums / percussion). Högni Egilsson, also joins in a few songs, sharing songwriting duties on one song and arranging choir for two others and Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir plays violin.

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