Múm @ oran Mor 15-08-09

August 28, 2009

Oran Mor, Glasgow, August 15 * * * *

A breakdown en route to Glasgow almost put paid to tonight’s performance by Icelandic septet Múm. Thankfully however those of us who made the trip to Oran Mor weren’t disappointed as, mechanical difficulties aside, it was a faultless visit.
Given Iceland’s two biggest musical exports are Bjork and Sigur Ros it’s maybe not surprising fellow countrymen, and countrywoman, Múm isn’t your average band.
Their songs are full of different components. Abstract seeds of sound are harnessed alongside conventional instruments to create songs rich in melody that possess an underlying cinematic quality capable of casting a spell over a receptive crowd.
Tonight for 70 minutes they did just that, taking us on an at times bewitching journey through their quirky but strangely compelling musical landscapes. Marmalade Fires and Blessed Brambles, both lifted from fourth album Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy, exemplified the very organic nature of their music.
The latter in particular, with its unexpected twists and turns, was hard to resist. As was multi-instrumentalist singer Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason’s sense of humour. It along with the band’s obvious delight at the reaction their songs provoked helped make it a night to remember.


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