Since their foundation in 1998, múm have forged a sublimely bright, warm and rich take on electronica, imprinting it with their own unique sound and character. What sets the band apart from so many of their peers is both their strong, playfully haunted melodies, and sorcerous integration of analogue and digital technologies. Playing an assortment of instruments and percussion alongside some crisply programmed electronic washes, beats, dingdongs and beep-beeps as well as found sounds and field recordings, the band’s talent, inventiveness and nose for musical exploration is immediately audible.
Their first release, a split 10" with the girl-band Spúnk saw light in the summer of ‘98 and following a number of collaborative projects, the group’s celebrated debut album ’Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK’ (reissued by Morr Music in October 2005) gained a wealth of glowing press and widespread praise. A remix project, ‘Please Smile My Noise Bleed’, also released on the Morr Music label in November 2001. Their FatCat debut, ‘Finally We Are No-One’, was released in May 2002 and followed by a plethora of tours taking the band many times around the world, dazzling the crowds by re-creating their recorded works with the main focus being on live instrumentation, accompanied by the more common site within electronic sets, the laptop (music-calculator). The band’s second FatCat album, ‘Summer Make Good’ was released in May 2004, flanked by two singles, ‘Nightly Cares’ and ‘Dusk Log’.
Since their debut múm have also written and performed their own soundtrack for the classic Sergei Eisenstein film, ‘Battleship Potemkin’, live performances of which have taken place in Hafnafjordur Iceland, Brooklyn Lyceum New York USA, and at the distinguished Gijon Film Festival Spain. They composed music for a radio play on Icelandic National radio ‘Svefnhjólið’ (Sleeping Wheel) by Gyrdir Eliasson, winning the Nordic Radio-theater prize. In 2005 they were invited to Amsterdam by the Holland Festival to collaborate with the National Dutch Chamber Orchestra to create a performance piece based around various compositions of the late avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis for one of the centre piece shows at the festival.
The start of 2006 saw the bands creativity start to blossom once again, starting with two remixes Goldfrapp of the tracks ‘number one’ and ‘never know’. They followed this with two legendary DJ sets at the FatCat Festival in Belgium in February and at this years SXSW in Austin Texas. With a combination of decks, effects, laptops, toy microphones, old cassette player recordings and vocals, coupled with their own recorded material, strange electronic covers by friends, gypsy folk music and general craziness on stage, the DJ sets made such an impact, the band is now putting together a DJ mix cd due for release in 2007. They were also subsequently invited DJ at this years Summer Sonic Festival in Japan as well as be headline act in Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank tent at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. During 2006, they have also written and recorded a brand new album “Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy” which is due for release around September 2007 on FatCat Records. This will follow following the release of the Peel Sessions that múm recorded in 2002 for the BBC. The sessions will be released on Fat Cat Records in December and includes live versions of the tracks “Scratched Bicycle / Smell Memory”, “Awake On A Train” “Now Theres That Fear Again”, “The Ballad Of the Broken String”.
Currently múm are founding members Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason and for touring and recording, this line-up is expanded to include their friends Róbert Reynisson (guitar / vocals/ effectuals), Eiríkur Orri Olafsson (trumpet / pianette / moog / whistling), Hildur Gudnadottir (cello / vocals), mr.Silla (Vocals / various) and Finlander, Samuli Kosminen (drums / percussion)