Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal

Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is An Animal

If you haven’t heard of Of Monsters and Men, Spotify the shit out of them! This indie folk pop band from Iceland began their first North American Tour in March 2012 at SXSW in Austin, TX. They are shooting across the country selling out shows and developing sweet addictions. My Head Is An Animal released April 3rd in the States and is littered with childhood inspired stories and lively energy. It’s no wonder they won the annual battle of bands competition, Músíktilraunir, in Iceland.

With the coupling of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson vocals, “Dirty Paws” vibrant and heart pumping sound electrifies your bones. The pulsing drum and rolling piano develops and intensifies your need to keep listening as they move the story forward. Similarly, “King and Lionheart” catches my attention when the bass drum gently comes to a halt throwing focus on the words and seducing us to listen closely. Catching the bate, I’m hooked and ready to sing out, “Cause you’re a king, and I’m a lionheart. A lionheart.” In the songs “Slow and Steady” and “From Finner”, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson patters a playful rhythm over the tom-toms creating a gentle stimulating sound.

“Little Talks” being my all time favorite from their past album; “Into the Woods” keeps me smiling as it pops up in the playlist. The melody resonates in my head over and over. I find myself singing it aloud as I walk down the overly crowded sunny side of the sidewalk. Purse lipped, I later catch myself attempting the trumpet sounds only to find a small child people watching me from across the platform. “Six Weeks” and “Love Love Love” have the same effect and are both from the previous album.

The last four songs in My Head Is An Animal are just as addictive. “Your Bones” is my favorite of the new album. The subtle rasp in Raggi’s voice is compelling especially when it’s layered with a bellowing trumpet. Maybe I’m just a sucker for accents, but who can resist a soft flowing vowel punctuated by a sexy brass vibration? Not me. Equally alluring, Nanna’s voice grasps hold of me when she sings, “Can you chase this fire away, away.” The final song of the album “Yellow Light” sounds as if someone just cracked opened an old dusty jewelry box in his or her grandparent’s attic. The tinkering melody and subtle eeriness heard between the notes is enchanting and makes as if you’re about to slip through a wardrobe into a fantasy world Of Monsters and Men. So as it ends, so begins a new addiction to their stories and sound that’s coming popping up from mother earth right before our eyes.

1.Dirty Paws
2.King and Lionheart
3.Mountain Sound
4.Slow and Steady
5.From Finner
6.Little Talks
7.Six Weeks
8.Love Love Love
9.Your Bones
12.Yellow light

Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is An Animal, reviewed by Alana Paige on 2012-04-16T10:14:11-07:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

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