Label: Through Love Bringing in a new drummer and a new vocalist would dramatically alter any band's sound, and Finnish dream pop quartet Mumrunner leave behind some of the heaviness of their past on Valeriana for a more sophisticated window into their collective dream world. It's an album of subtleties, and even the overall evolution in sound takes a few minutes to sink in. Somewhere between M83's romantic nostalgia and Wild Nothing's shut-in songcraft, the songs find a shape of its own. Even upbeat songs are dynamic and shifting, sounding more in line with the indie haze of Beach Fossils than the zippy walls of shoegaze noise that made up their first EP Full Blossom. Most of Valeriana diverse styles is not a complete overhaul of Mumrunner's sound, but the refined tones of Valeriana favor vocal harmonies, haunting melodies, and tense dynamism over volume. Sleepier but no less exciting, Valeriana is a progression marked by more thoughtful and ultimately more engaging songs.