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.

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