How múm Clicked

The origins of Iceland’s múm go back about six years to when Tynes and Smárason were playing in a rock band together in Reykjavík. Influenced by Aphex Twin’s seminal album Selected Ambient Works ’85-’92 — arguably the foundation on which all indie-electronic music now stands — the duo started experimenting with electronic textures and sounds. When a mutual friend of theirs needed someone to compose music for his play, he called upon Tynes and Smárason. It was while working on the play that they met the twins. “They were in the theater group,” Tynes tells Garrett Kamps of the Cleveland Scene, “and when we came in and asked for people who could play certain instruments, they played those instruments, and, you know, we clicked together.”

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