In Review: Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal

24 Sep

It’s always a wonderful feeling when you find music that you enjoy so much, that you immediately go on the hunt for more from the same artist. That was exactly where we found ourselves a few months ago when, whilst contributing to another website, we heard “Little Talks”. The lead single from Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men, along with its spectacular video was already attracting some serious attention in the States and the band was selling out venues wherever they went.

One such venue was The Lexington in London where a packed crowd of curious music lovers were swept away on a wondrous journey. A crowd that, for the most part, was not familiar with much more than the aforementioned “Little Talks” yet by the end of the show, felt like they knew each song intimately. It is this immediacy and accessibility of their music that serves the debut album so well, that allows the audience to connect with it so readily.

Only released in the UK within the last month, My Head Is An Animal was originally released in Iceland in 2011 and in the US and other countries earlier this year. What the rest of the world have been able to enjoy for so long and that we are just now catching up with, is an album of rich indie-folk sounds overflowing with charm and whimsy. Largely fantastical in content, the listener is drawn in by its storybook feel. The songs evoke childhood memories, of fairytales, extraordinary adventures across Tolkien-esque landscapes and mythical beasts. All of which is presented by big, full sounds enriched by brass and accordion.

They don’t only do imagination and wonder though; emotion and human nature also play their part. In “Love Love Love” for example which adds fragility and a sense of susceptibility by eschewing percussion. Once you realise the drums are missing, the effect is disarming and the song immediately feels exposed and vulnerable. It is a lovely contrast to the strong and confident early sounds of the album, “Dirt Paws”, “Mountain Sound” and “Little Talks” are bold tales, laden with hey’s and la la la’s. Ready made for an audience to latch on to and sing along with, even if they have never heard the songs before. It’s magnificent and quite probably our favourite album of the year so far. Nothing has even come close to the amount of airtime this has received (thanks to the import copy we picked up some months ago) and it is never far from the stereo. Go get it, you won’t be disappointed.

My Head Is An Animal is out now and can be bought directly from the band. Look out for our competition later this week for your chance to win a signed CD of the album.

2 Responses to “In Review: Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal”

  1. Emma October 9, 2012 at 19:40 #

    The first time I listened to their album the whole way through it gave me chills! Definitely a talented band if you ask me 🙂 Also, I recently just came across a remix of Asaf Avidan’s “Reckoning Song” done by DJ Wankelmut…which, if you’re a OMAM fan, you’d enjoy 🙂

  2. name not supplied November 5, 2012 at 18:59 #

    I love this track, its music with ADHD, brilliant stuff.

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