Early Birds

Release date
6 Jun 2012
Running length
15 tracks
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1 Bak Þitt Er Sem Rennibraut 5:44 12,829
2 Póst Póstmaður 3:17 10,613
3 Gingúrt 4:01 9,677
4 Glerbrot (Previously lost) 3:35 8,355
5 Hvernig Á Að Særa Vini Sína (Previously Unreleased) 1:29 449
6 Bak Þitt Er Sem Rennibraut (Bústadavegur Er Fáviti Megamix Eftir Músíkvat) 1:29 589
7 Insert Coin (Bjarne Riis Arcade Game Mjiks Eftir Múm) 7:23 839
8 Loksins erum við engin (Natturuoperan song) 3:12 935
9 Náttúrúbúrú 2:29 6,954
10 0, 000orð 4:51 167
11 Lalalala Blái Hnötturinn 4:32 5,916
12 múm spilar la la la 6:42 5,660
13 Hufeland 5:58 6,477
14 Volkspark Friedrichshain 3:49 5,430
15 Enginn Vildi Hlusta Á Fiðlunginn, Því Strengir Hans Vóru Slitnir (Getiði Ekki Verið… 10:11 365

About this album

It is the year 1998: What might have been the first decade in the history of pop music that was characterized by an overwhelming sense of fragmentation is drawing to a close. Anything goes: guitars & electro, retro sounds or wicked forays into the digitized future. Pop hasn’t sounded this optimistic and upbeat in a while, and there’s currently no need for Weltschmerz in Indie anymore. Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason have been making music together as múm for about a year at this point – though it’s not like anyone really took note of them or cared back in 1998.

The two band mates are basically nomadic drifters: They are constantly moving from one basement studio to the next, traveling through Europe, recording anything and everything that comes to mind. Whenever they feel like getting some fresh air, they go out with their DAT recorders to do some field recordings – only to return to some unfurnished apartment in Reykjavík, Montpellier or Berlin in order to mix and combine all the recorded material. Accordingly, the duo indeed also pushes the level of fragmentation in music. However, múm do not have set ideas or a clear mission. All they do is sample, play around, mix, recombine things, and ultimately marvel at the results. And then, at a theater production, Gunnar and Örvar meet twin sisters Kristín and Gyða. And then there were four.

“Early Birds” is all about those days: It’s a compilation of 15 tracks, all of them recorded between 1998-2000 and long-lost or extremely rare, taken from demo tapes or limited edition vinyl releases.

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