Fresh new music? No problem. Of Monsters and Men is like no band you have heard before. Their chorus chants and simple melodic guitar riffs lull you into a peaceful and relaxing state of bliss. With a hushed indie-pop vibe and an exquisite new sound, My Head is an Animal is going to be the only thing you will want on your iPod this year.
The six-piece group, originally from Iceland, first became a success in 2010 in their home country, and then in the USA, where, in 2011, Universal Records signed them and then went on to officially release their album worldwide. This group has had huge success over the past three years, though their album must be feeling old to them. First released in Iceland in 2011, My Head is an Animal went straight to number one, with successes following in the USA and Europe.
Having heard them repeatedly on the radio since the back-end of last year, there is something about their polished and well-executed simplicity that draws you to their music; their intricate lyrics yet “summer anthem feels” envelop the listener and silence you into a sea of perfection and tranquility.
“Little Talks” and “Mountain Sound” are superbly fresh and unique: having not only one but two singers and a chorus of voices really adds to the depth of the music. These upbeat tracks are full of life and completely thrilling, but they are wonderfully relaxing and easy to listen to at the same time. In contrast, the songs “Love Love Love” and “Slow and Steady” are ponderous, with a beautiful story, and deep and sometimes rather peculiar lyrics. Listening to these tracks could send you into an instantaneous sleep.
Of Monsters and Men is creating a new branch of the music tree. The band’s unique and intricate sound puts them high in the charts, and their music is rapidly increasing in popularity. Watch this space, because this band is not letting off anytime soon.