MÚM Finally We Are No One (Fat Cat/Fusion III) Rating: NNN
Come from Iceland and make moody music and someone's going to call you the next Sigur Rs, but Múm have little in common with their Reykjavik neighbours beyond an appreciation for the slower things in life. Finally We Are No One builds on the group's superb Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is Okay debut, turning their gurgling laptop soundscapes into more band-oriented projects. The larger instrumentation aside, though, Múm's abstract beats are often more interludes than songs, riddled with neat sounds but not really going anywhere. The clicking instrumental atmospheres have a slippery, disorienting quality that best reveals itself on headphones, but the breathy, girlie vocal cooing threatens to turn Finally We Are No One into a goth sideshow.