Mum | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Reykjavik's Mum like to compose and record their drifting, amorphous music in remote lighthouses and coastal weather stations. A trio since the departure of cellist-vocalist Gyda Valtysdottir in the fall of 2002, they've lately muted the once pronounced electronic elements of their sound. Although warm synthetic tones and glitchy beats intermittently gurgle and sputter on their latest release, Summer Make Good (FatCat), most of the sound was made with a hodgepodge of acoustic instruments (trumpet, accordion, glockenspiel, musical saw, pump organ, and Chinese harp) or by the environment itself (creaking timbers, blustering winds, dripping water). Mum's wobbly, repetitive lullabies and the childlike murmurs of vocalist Kristin Anna Valtysdottir are about as cinematic as a shoebox diorama, and I wouldn't expect much to happen onstage when they play live, but if you surrender to the beauty of the music you won't care. Orri Jonsson, Eirikur Olafsson, Olof Arnalds, and Samuli Kosminen all appear on the new album; some of them (if not all) are likely to accompany Mum at this show. Norwegian electronic artist Kim Hiorthoy opens. $14, all ages. Saturday, June 26, 9 PM, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie; 773-276-3600 or 800-594-8499.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Orri.

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