Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know
2009 release. Fifth studio album from Iceland's eccentric pop maestros, múm. Sing Along... recalls sand running through fingers or ripples on a lake; it's an ode to the light in its different shapes, from a fading bulb to the blinding sun. Alternately sunny and melancholy, Sing Along... flows like the tides: now ebullient, now brooding, cacophony resolving into tight melody. For Sing Along... , múm work with their trademark variegated instrumental palette, this time including a lightly-prepared piano, hammered dulcimer, a string quartet, marimbas, guitars, ukuleles - and in the background of a few tracks, a parent's pet parakeet singing along with the piano. Joined by a multitude of talented instrumentalists, the core múm duo of Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason recorded this masterwork in many idyllic locations across Europe including a cabin in the Icelandic countryside and a centuries-old mansion in Estonia's lakeland, where they were joined by a local choir.