Iceland Airwaves Flashback - 60s Style
I braved the soggy weather Thursday night and had yet another Sixties flashback.
Last week, I was in Iceland. This week Iceland came to me at the Walker Art Center's McGuire Auditorium in the form of the musical collective known as Múm. It was a very strange affair, even by Icelandic standards. Imagine the gentlest, trippy-est flower-power band in the summer of love. This is the experience that constitutes a Múm concert. Not really songs, but vague refrains, not exactly musical parts, but groups of sounds. And lots and lots of la-la-las. I was in la-la land! At one point Örvar, the lead singer, mentioned that " ...we're really playing a quiet concert tonight... it's OK to go to sleep..." If not for the excellent percussion work by Samuli Kosminen, I might have done just that.
I've seen the opening act, Hildur Guðnadottír, play at the Airwaves in 2006 with Storsveit Nix Noltes (Bulgarian /Greek wedding band) and also with the Johann Johannsson project Evil Madness. They were better shows. The second act, Sin Fang Bous, was fronted by Sindrí Már Sigfússon whose singing at times attained a Garðar Holm quality.