Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Music: Finally We Are No One by Mum

Finally We Are No One: Lullabies For Adults

Finally We Are No One by Mum
The first time I discovered Mum was when another Icelandic band, Sigur Ros, posted a link with a glowing recommendation on their facebook page.  As a big Sigur Ros fan, I was immediately intrigued, and after checking out the link I was instantly hooked.  In some ways Mum remind me of Sigur Ros, as both bands are experts at creating beautifully atmospheric and emotional music.

Finally We Are No-One was the first album by Mum I listened to and right from the first listen it was an album which had me excited to have belatedly discovered such a cool and creative band.  The whole album is hauntingly beautiful and after a stressful day at work it's the perfect album to put on to help you switch off from the stresses of the world and drift off into a calming inner peace.

In fact many of the songs on Finally We Are No-One could accurately be described as lullabies for adults.  This is comforting and relaxing music, and there's a mystical child-like quality to the album.  Vocals are used fairly sparsely, but when they are featured they have the same hypnotic innocent vibe as the instrumentation and suit the music perfectly.

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With some of the tracks it's almost as if they tell a story and they seem to conjure up mental imagery as you listen to them.  For example, Green Grass Of Tunnel, would make an excellent tune for the closing soundtrack to a clever sci-fi movie.  If you imagine the scene where the big twist finally gets revealed and all the questions are answered then Green Grass Of Tunnel would be absolutely perfect as the accompanying music for the moment when the complex mystery is explained.

My personal album highlights are the already mentioned Green Grass Of Tunnel, We Have A Map Of The Plane (a soothing slice of ambient excellence), and K/Half Noise (which reminds me of some of the slower tunes on Gary Numan's Telekon album which also combine electronic music with violins), but if you like one track you'll like them all, as the album has a very coherent feel to it.

Finally We Are No-One perhaps won't be to everyone's tastes, but if you enjoy creatively beautiful music and are looking for something a bit different then I can thoroughly recommend giving this album a try.

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