Electronic pop fruitcakes múm return with a new single,
before coming up with a whole new album later in 2013. The A-side
"Toothwheels" starts off with echoes of their millenium-era rhythms,
which morph into shadows (reminiscent of their foggy masterpiece 'Summer
Make Good'). Flourishing strings and teeming arpeggios elevate the
track, that spins along in a cyclical motion before it is being washed
away in a tide of abstraction. The lulling vocals disguise the songs
fatalistic lyrics, evoking an eerie sense of immateriality. B-side's
tune "Cranes Like Ships" is again built around booming electronic beats
and confused synthesizers, but it's a much happier affair.
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May 17, 2013