[midlife 150] #134: múm “green grass of tunnel”

April 17, 2010

#134 Green Grass Of Tunnel by Múm (taken from Finally We Are No One, 2002)

Icelandic collective Múm‘s music has opened out over their dozen or so years of existence – from introspective, glitchy instrumental vignettes to circus-like fairytale folk songs – more or less managing to keep their curious essence intact throughout. Their latest album release, Sing Along To Songs You Don’t Know, contains some of my favourite music of last year.

2002’s Finally We Are No One, though, is where Múm’s unique take on sound, language and storytelling is best articulated (at least so far). And Green Grass Of Tunnel, as that record’s most fully realised work, perfectly captures the hope, belonging, inquisitiveness and humility of Múm’s dreamlike worldview. Semiconductor Films‘ beautiful promo video for the track only adds to its quiet power.

This review is part of close to 94 ‘s [midlife 150] series, which counts down favourite music 1970-2009.


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