Múm have always seemed to exist in Sigur Rós's shadow. Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK
was originally released just months after Agaetis Byrjun
, right when the latter was picking up steam internationally, ensuring that Múm were almost always referred to as "that other band from Iceland," or words to that effect.
This reissue suggests that Múm could have achieved much more under different circumstances. Their debut is an interesting mix of glitch-pop and accordions, harmonicas and glockenspiels -- a compelling assortment of organic and electronic sources. "I'm 9 Today", for example, is like a warmer, more accessible take on the IDM template, pairing a simple accordion melody, canned laughter and keyboards with sparse beats. The poppier "The Ballad Of A Broken Birdie Records" and "The Ballad Of The Broken String" drift past in a pleasing haze of ethereal vocals.
It's possible, of course, that the second time will be the charm for Múm -- audiences are tiring of Sigur Rós, after all. However, regardless of its reception, Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK is an excellent reminder that the best bands don't always get the most press.