Icelandic supergroup, Múm, will paint you a rich musical landscape, both delicate and dense in Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy. This is Múm’s latest offering in three years and Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy contributes as much about technique to the experimental genre that is also home to Amiina and Tunng. Amongst the syncopated electronic beats, strings, and a mix of found (and no-doubt, made) percussion instruments, seamlessly lies delicate vocal harmonies that will lull you to sleep, dreaming about sweet nothings … or at least a bohemian utopia. It is heavily textured with a colorful sound palette, more beautiful than awkward, and is a delight on the ears. “Blessed Brambles” embraces a sense of optimism while “Moon Pulls” becomes a sombre focus, slowing the pace of what was, a rapturous, four, opening tracks. As Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy wraps you would have found yourself comforted and detached in more places than one. It is simply stunning.
From Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy (Fat Cat/Inertia):
[MP3] Múm – Dancing Behind My Eyelids
Also check out Múm’s video for the track, “They Made Frogs Smoke ‘Til They Exploded” below – it’s one of the better music clips of the year.