Mammút - Komdu til mín svarta systir (2013)

Mammút are one of the most successful indie bands in Iceland; the land that shaped the unmatched imagination of musicians like Björk and Sigur Rós. Their third album Komdu til mín svarta systir ( Come to me dark sister ) is a great example of keeping dignity while giving life to radio-friendly rock music. Their music is more complex than the average rock band; dreamy and dark with lots of blind spots left for you to fill with personal thoughts. After a few listens I'm beginning to grasp just how thoughtful and well-crafted it is, something that is truly rare among the modern rock bands of noticeable popularity. 

Consisting of three women and two men, Mammút reminded me of the all-female band Warpaint. They have the same intimate female vocals, subtle bass lines and drum beats that can guide a blind man out of a maze. The lyrics are in the Icelandic language, which is no problem at all for me. Obviously I can't understand a word, but the emotions conveyed in the vocals make the language barrier no more than scattered boulders trying to stop a flood. I think the native language is part of the magic, no doubt this music would still be fascinating in English, but now it's even more open to free interpretation. 

Mammút might just be another band doing indie rock and dream pop using female vocals, but it doesn't end there. In the moments when some light is shone on the usually dark corridors of Komdu til mín svarta systir, there are guitar parts reminiscent of old school rock bands like Vixen. If you like the comforting atmosphere of bands like Scandinavian Music Group, this should be right up your alley. The band spent five years working on this album, and it seems like all that time wasn't used to perfect the music, but to humanize it. To make something beautiful and complex while offering the listener an enjoyable rock session as well.