by Múm on FatCat RecordsReleased 13/09/2004
Following the album 'Summer Make Good', Iceland’s Múm returned with an EP, 'Dusk Log' – available on 10” vinyl and in special 3” CD packaging. The EP contains three previously unreleased tracks, plus ‘Will The Summer Make Good For All Of Our Sins’ (lifted from the album). ‘Dusk Log’ opens with the rich and upbeat opening track, 'Kostrzyn' – a sprawling instrumental favourite from the band’s recent live tour. This is followed by 'This Nothing In The Faraway' – a langorous music box roll through gorgeous textural details, ghostly harmonica and drifting clouds of warm breath. One of the stand-out tracks from the album, ‘Will The Summer Make Good For All Of Our Sins’ is a haunting and slow-bubbling jewel of a track with the prettiness of Kristin’s vocal relating a dark and murky narrative.
A video for this track was made by Studio AKA’s BAFTA award-winning director, Marc Craste. Both impressive and unsettling, the video switches from writhing maggots to a surreal bloated body drifting through numerous enchanting and eye-catching landscapes. Studio AKA’s team of animators used a mix of live action, photographed images and 3D animation.
Like ‘Summer Make Good’, ‘Dusk Log’ seems drenched in a mood / atmosphere that bears witness to the Spartan, isolated environments it was created within. Originally written in a remote lighthouse in Galtarviti in the north-west of Iceland, the album was then recorded over a period of seven weeks in an empty weather station / light-keeper’s house beneath the circling beams of another lighthouse in Gardskagatá, at the south-west edge of the same country. Both were spartan, magical locations - isolated and surrounded by open seas and rugged landscape.