MAMMÚT Kinder Versions
Brooding Icelanders channel their most famous forebears
Icelandic bands need not necessarily elicit comparisons with The Sugarcubes, and that’s true even of acts that include the grown children of the band’s members (see: Fufanu, Sindri Eldon And The Ways). Nevertheless, it’s hard not to hear traces of Life’s Too Good in Mammút’s expansive and occasionally skronky rock songs. Then there’s the breathy, elastic vocal style of frontwoman Katrína Mogensen, who has her own connection to Iceland’s foremost musical export since her father played with Björk and Einar Örn in the post-punk band Kukl. With Mogensen singing entirely in English for the first time, Kinder Versions offers up a stormy swell of sound that’s intermittently compelling even if Mammút’s wilder instincts can seem tethered down by plodding rhythms.