Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know

Release date
21 Aug 2009
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
48:55

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 If I Were a Fish 4:14 32,505
2 Sing Along 5:38 28,092
3 Prophecies and Reversed Memories 4:04 26,335
4 A River Don't Stop to Breathe 4:43 24,688
5 The Smell of Today Is Sweet Like Breastmilk in the Wind 4:46 21,558
6 Show Me 3:44 22,329
7 Húllabbalabbalúú 3:27 6,685
8 Blow Your Nose 4:05 22,105
9 Kay-ray-kú-kú-kó-kex 3:56 20,426
10 The Last Shapes of Never 2:26 21,300
11 Illuminated 4:07 21,766
12 Ladies of the New Century 3:45 21,022

About this album

Two years after the release of their last album, eccentric pop maestros múm return with their fifth album proper, simply named “Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know”, a flickering candle of an album.

The album is a much more laid back album than their most recent outings, more relaxed and quietly sad, often recalling sand running through fingers or ripples on a lake. And to an even greater extent than their previous albums, “Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know” is an ode to the light in its different shapes, from a fading bulb to the blinding sun. Sometimes the music sounds naively utopic, but always manages to stay effortless and pure. As usual, the songs are brimming with unusual sounds, this time much of the songs revolve around a lightly prepared piano, hammered dulcimer, a string quartet, marimbas, guitars, ukuleles and in the background of a few of the songs one can hear Örvar’s parent’s parakeet singing with the piano.

The album was recorded in countless different places in four different countries, although most of it was done in múm’s native Iceland. Gunnar Örn Tynes moved to a cabin in the countryside where much of the album sprang to life, but as always múm have a hard time staying put and recorded in both Estonia and Finland.

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  • R3CURSION

    Alright, after being charmed by "Smilewound" and giving it another go, this really isn't as bad as I remembered. There are a few off-putting songs (track 1 is a very bad first impression), but there is a lot of nice stuff here too.

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • strom-z

    as marcos writes, once i got rid of expectations based on the three first excellent and original albums which are to me among the most interesting music of the past decade, I started to enjoy this album. really nice I must say

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • marcoslhc

    After some time listening to Múm I really don't have any expectation with a new record. I just listen. If I like it, I will listen again, otherwise will listen the ones I like. This one I really like.

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • 2ool

    first two songs are awful, everything else is gold.

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • BerLa

    This is so beautiful, I love it. My favourit!

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Hvalskards

    half of the album is rather boring.

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • BasilMaman

    Ehhh...very different, not sure if want. demands more listens.

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Stjernefodt

    <3

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
  • DJNikki

    Nice new ablum

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
  • harveyos

    listening to it now.... seems ok

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
  • relequel

    WOOT FIRST!! Anyway, VERY different album, still really cute, love it!

    21 Jun 2009 Reply

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