Leah Brzezinski, contributor
This electro-progressive duo sound nothing like the original Mumford & Sons, in case you were worried, but the name is hilariously memorable.
They sound more like the love child of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, had they been kidnapped by Humboldt hippies sometime in the early 1990s.
Experimental guitar and electronic percussion and synth anchor the sound, while male and female vocals carve their way amid the cacophony. There are softer moments like “The Uncanny Valley”, with ethereal, gorgeous female vocals, but they also descend into some seriously heavy, space-grunge jams during tracks like “The Crystal Bubble”, and even dabble in industrial dance in “No Fate?”
It’s a bit all over the place, but not unpleasant or uninteresting to the ear. M&S 2 clearly enjoy the experimentation, and they have talent.
I’m just a little bummed there was no psychedelic jam cover of “Little Lion Man.” You can check them out at mumfordandsons2.bandcamp.com
Rating: 7 out of 12 PBR cans