We've come to expect challengingly arty and vividly distinctive music from the exotic landscapes of Iceland, thanks to Bjork and Sigur Ros. We less expect it from Brooklyn perhaps. But both locales were sonically reflected at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre on Friday in ways compatible if hardly comparable by, respectively, Mum and Animal Collective.
Mum is the latest buzz band from Reykjavik, and deservingly, judging by this concert. While, as with Sigur Ros, it's too simplistic to say that the band's soundscapes portray the foreboding settings of its frozen island, it's hard to ignore the purposefully creaking and crackling electronics that thread the now-sextet's mix of trumpet, violin, keyboards, accordion, vibes, percussion, guitar and the brittle, airy vocals of twin sisters Gyoa and Kristin Anna Valtysdottir. But ultimately, while the influences of Bjork (minus the drama) and Sigur Ros (minus the crescendos) are undeniably there in equal measure, Mum is not so much the descendant of those influences as the product of the same rich cultural environment and holds the same kind of hypnotic draw and sonic invention.