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.
The second act, Sin Fang Bous, was fronted by 'Sindri', whose singing attained a Garðar Holm quality. I'd seen the opening act, Hildur Gunðadóttir play at the Airwaves in 2006 with Storsveit Nix Noltes and also with Johann Johannsson's project Evil Madness . They were better shows: