(sub)urban soundcheck.

Mum – Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know [2009 – Morr Music]
June 27, 2009, 7:43 pm
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1. If I Were A Fish – 4:16
2. Sing Along – 5:40
3. Prophecies & Reversed Memories – 4:06
4. A River Don’t Stop to Breath – 4:45
5. The Smell of Today is Sweet Like Breastmilk in the Wind – 4:45
6. Show Me – 3:48
7. Hullaballabalu – 3:28
8. Blow Your Nose – 4:08
9. Kay-Ray-Ku-Ku-Ko-Kex – 3:58
10. Last Shapes of Never – 2:28
11. Illuminated – 4:09
12. Ladies of the New Century – 3:48

“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 more laid back than múm’s recent outings, 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.” – Morr

Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue [2009 – Warp]
June 19, 2009, 8:10 pm
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1. Ambivalence Avenue (3:37)
2. Jealous of Roses (2:32)
3. All the Flowers (1:02)
4. Fire Ant (4:57)
5. Haikuesque (When She Laughs) (3:26)
6. Sugarette (3:52)
7. Lovers’ Carvings (3:54)
8. Abrasion (2:45)
9. S’Vive (4:03)
10. The Palm of Your Wave (2:19)
11. Cry! Baby! (3:57)
12. Dwrcan (5:55)

“Stephen Wilkinson, a.k.a Bibio, follows up February’s wonderful Vignetting The Compost with a jaunt to Warp records for his fourth full-length release, Ambivalence Avenue. The near-absence of the lo-fi field music vibe of Vignetting… and its predecessors, coupled with the introduction of programmed beats and an elaboration in genre references, are the clearest signals of Bibio’s marked change in direction here. Fire Ant features relentlessly chopped vocal cuts over a chunky boom-bap beat, that has more in common with the likes of Hudson Mohawke than with any of Bibio’s previous outings. S’vive is a funky slice of continental dance-hop reminscent of Daft Punk or The Avalanches. On more familiar ground are tracks like Haikuesque, Lovers’ Carvings, and the lead single Ambivalence Avenue, which explore a terrain of colour-drenched guitar polyphony, light percussion and psychedelic vocals, which instantly have Wilkinson’s mark on them. Ambivalence Avenue sounds like Bibio flexing his creative muscles, while still fuelled by the subtle flourishes, in both melody and production, that distinguished his previous works. An impressive progression from a natural talent.” – Martin Skivington