Finally We Are No One
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It's an enchanted world that Múm inhabit. Conceived in a remote Icelandic lighthouse, Finally We Are No One is an electronica album that conjures up hazy, half-remembered memories of childhood, both magical and eerie. The obvious comparisons are with Boards of Canada and Múm's compatriot, Björk. But as with their superb 2000 debut, Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK, Múm make a music that's far too original to be easily compartmentalized. So analog keyboards hum alongside muted digital glitches, and "proper" instruments--accordions, cellos, melodicas--flutter in and out of the mix. The overall effect is of a modern kind of folk music. It's gentle, almost-fey stuff, but the quartet (including twin sisters who appeared on the cover of Belle & Sebastian's Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant) never slips into anything like polite ambience. Instead, the 11 pieces are like extracts from a particularly vivid dream journal, especially when the Valtýsdóttir sisters sing in their peculiar gurgling, infantilized way in the epically unfurling lullaby, "The Land Between Solar Systems." This is an album that leaves you longing for shady childhood experiences you never knew you'd even had. --John Mulvey
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I know, the idea of this music being "a childish world of toys" and stuff has tired out, but it's indeed a very fitting description. This music also reminds me so much of fun old video games, a lot of songs would fit in games.
OK... Now to talk about what the music actually sounds like. There is mostly odd electronic rhythms and strange noises, along with synthesized (I think) violins and horns reminiscant of Italy, and crystal clear electronic beeps and loops. There are even some vocals. They are extremely soft and high. I can't really tell if they're male or female, or even human... they seriously sound like flowers.
Only the first few songs seem to be more upbeat and crazy like I've described above. The rest are more relaxing. Most of the album reminds me a lot of Tortoise, with a slightly more electronic feel. Also, a band with song titles this outrageous has got to be good.
"Green Grass of Tunnel" starts with a music box type sound and goes into a nice shuffling beat with quaint litle melodies.
"We Have a Map of the Piano" has crazy odd rhythms, sounds like you're playing it on a scratchy record player, distant/faded piano melodies, flying flower vocals, and synth'd violins. This song is so wild but also calm at the same time.
"Don't Be Afraid, You Have Just Got Your Eyes Closed" is one of the best songs on the album. The flow of this song is excellent, sounds totally different at start than at finish and really builds up to a great climax. Starts out with a pulsing rhythm and charmingly odd melodies that go along with it, introducing new things and changing them along the way, eventually adding the sound of brass instruments, then fading away.
"Behind Two Hills, a Swimmingpool" is a short instrumental that sounds like you're swimming in an electronic swimming pool... very creative the way they made this sound.
The rest of the songs are way more ambient and relaxing.
"K/Half noise is a beautiful, flowing, rich, harmonious song. "Now there's that Fear Again" reminds me of Sigur Ros. "I Can't Feel my Hand Any More, It's Alright, Sleep Still" Is very Italian sounding with the violins and stuff, and also sounds the most like Tortoise. The title track is kind of haunting at the beginning and very ambient. And the last song, "The Land Between Solar Systems" is a 12-minute very ambient ending song.
All in all, this is a very worthy electronic album for your collection, especially if you like any of the bands I mentioned above or you just have a brain that likes the more creative musical realm.
As I was cleaning out my wallet I found the note he (the clerk) had written for me, and somehow, amid the reciepts and gum wrappers it was clean and freshly folded. It seemed like one of those moments when the camera zooms in and the edges blur, (there's a word for that, I know there is) and I plucked it up. Amazon had it, so I bought it, and every time I listen to it I'm placed in a psudo-mystical mood of remembering.
It doesn't seem real or out of place, but more like a childhood memory of a Saturday morning cartoon you can see in your head but not clearly enough to remember what it is. It the moment you realize rain is made of thousands of millions of little drops, but at the same time you forget it's water.
When my mind is busy and I need to unwind, I play this. It mellows me in a way only a fat cat purring on your lap can do.
texture, lingering gravity and nostalgia of female belonging.
All of this stays coherent and will draw you into its world again and again, like riding a naive and magical but also intriguing merry go round.
I personally like the song Green Grass of Tunnel from this CD. The whole CD is very refreshing and almost make you feel like a child in your dreams again. You can almost see youreself running in the fields as a child.