Released by Morr Music
Distributed by Morr Music Distribution GmbH
MORR124 - CD/LP/Digital/MC

Release Dates
Worldwide: Sep 06, 2013
US: Sep 17, 2013


You don’t need to be Freud to regard teeth as a delicate issue. They can make joy look joyous and pain look painful, and on the cover of the new múm album they do both at the same time. As „Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is Okay“ (2001), „Finally We Are No One“ (2002) and „Sing Along To Songs You Don’t Know“ (2009) „Smilewound“ is another example of the band’s art of juxtaposing two conflicting meanings and taking advantage of the energy created through the tension between both. read more...

Quotes

"Smilewound finds the woolly jumpered collective casting through another set of impressionistic glitch-pop and clockwork exotica.!

Uncut U.K.

"Toothwheels" is masterful, all languid viola and brooding beats that could easily take a serious R&B vocal."

Loud & Quiet U.K.

"Even when things begin to get hot and bothered the mood is curbed by an unhurried gentleness"

theartsdesk.com U.K

"Múm’s combination of live instrumentation, ethereal harmonies and digital fixings has birthed another cracker"

The Skinny U.K

"Seen in the wider context of their career as a whole, the album may be viewed as an oddity, but a sparse approach works wonders; it'll be interesting to see where they go from here"

The 405 U.K

" With Smilewound MÚM created an album that is perfect pop music. Stripped down, dreamy and in fancy clothes."

Nothing but Hope and Passion - DE

ALBUM OF THE MONTH "Selten findet sich eine so unverkrampfte Lösung für das alte Problem der schmerzfreien Verbindung von popmusikalischer Leichtigkeit und sounddesignerischem Anspruch, auch in den Texten ergänzt Düsteres die kindlich-unbekümmerte Fröhlichkeit: "They've done some things you won't believe!"

Westzeit DE

"...il più bel disco dei Mùm dai tempi lontani di "Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is Ok"...è davvero il caso di gridare al miracolo."

Blow Up - IT

"...I Mùm non tradiscono mai.Anzi, parte di quella colonia indie ormai sicura (dalle CocoRosie ai Nada Surf), di quelli che non sbagliano e che custodiscono al contempo un marchio tutto loro..."

Rumore (8/10) - IT

"gli islandesi Mùm rimangono un esempio di originalità...mai come in questo caso, erano riusciti a definire in maniera così netta una scrittura così comunicativamente pop..."

Buscadero - IT

"...un progetto più vivo e camaleontico che mai...(del)la ripartenza di una band che ha finalmente ritrovato la propria ispirazione.Bentornati!"

Rockerilla - IT

"...il disco trova la band islandese in forma splendida..."

Mucchio (7,5/10) - IT



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Múm. Smilewound

Morr Music - MORR124

You don’t need to be Freud to regard teeth as a delicate issue. They can make joy look joyous and pain look painful, and on the cover of the new múm album they do both at the same time. As „Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is Okay“ (2001), „Finally We Are No One“ (2002) and „Sing Along To Songs You Don’t Know“ (2009) „Smilewound“ is another example of the band’s art of juxtaposing two conflicting meanings and taking advantage of the energy created through the tension between both.
Sparser in sound than many of its predecessors, „Smilewound“ is an airy, relaxed record. The múm-core-duo of Örvar and Gunni doesn’t make you laugh out loud (except maybe for the quirky vintage Arcade-sound-start of „When Girls Collide“), but it will make you smile often - despite the heavenly voices singing about violence in one form or another in most songs. Musically, múm’s capability to build playful electronic sound-ornaments around simple melodies is in full bloom. And these days they know that trimming the ornamentation can strengthen the melody. Take „The Colorful Stabwound“: an aguish drum’n’bass piece and„Smilewound“ gets close to a straight pop-song. Even that isn’t very close, but it combines its rhythmic strength with a simple yet effective piano-line and the soothing lushness of a female voice to something compelling that follows you like the smell of a delicate eau de toilette. Or „Candlestick“ which started out as a little ditty strummed on an acoustic guitar many years ago and has grown into this bouncy piece of synth-pop that changes its musical colours every couple of beats until you feel comfortably dizzy. Perfect pop in very fancy clothes. No wonder that antipodean pop-princess Kylie Minogue wanted to collaborate with múm on the „Whistle“, the main song in 2012-movie „Jack & Diane“.
Recorded in, among other places, the band’s practice-space, an old baltic farmhouse and on the kitchen-table after dinner, the album was produced by múm themselves. And being the revolving collective they are, it comes as no surprise that we see the return of former member Gyda. Defining satellites as part of the core fits nicely with the band’s penchant for ambivalence - in fact that's part of the album's charm.

Cat.no.: MORR124
Format: CD/LP/Promo/Digital/MC

Tracklisting

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1. Toothwheels
2. Underwater Snow
3. When Girls Collide
4. Slow Down
5. Candlestick
6. One Smile
7. Eternity Is The Wait Between Breaths
8. The Colorful Stabwound
9. Sweet Impressions
10. Time To Scream And Shout
11. Whistle (With Kylie)

Release Dates:
Sep 06, 2013 (Worldwide)
Sep 17, 2013 (US)