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Competition: Win a signed Of Monsters and Men album

2 Oct

It’s competition time at Alphabet Bands, and its been so long since we offered you any goodies for free we thought we’d break out something pretty cool.

The Of Monsters And Men debut album is unquestionably one of our favourites of the year and for one lucky reader, we have a free copy of the album on CD, with an inlay signed by the band.

To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize, just answer this simple question:

Which country do Of Monsters And Men come from?

Send your answer to alphabetbands@gmail.com with the subject line Of Monsters And Men Competition.

The competition closes at 23:59 GMT, Tuesday 9 October. The winner will be drawn at random and announced here on 11 October and notified by email.

One entry only per person allowed. Good luck!

UPDATE: The correct answer was Iceland

Congratulations to Andrew Bowen who wins the signed CD.

Keep your eyes open for more contests in the future!

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.

Watch: Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks”

22 Mar

Given the number of views this video has had already on YouTube, and the fact that this Icelandic band are so hot right now they are selling out every venue they have been booked in, the chances are you may have already seen this. It’s worth watching again though if you have. Its bonkers brilliance is worthy of multiple viewing in fact.

Like a weird hybrid Monty Python animation made into a Final Fantsay style video game, it tells the tale of, well, who knows? The band are on some kind of quest, they uncover a colourful magical being who comes to their aid in times of danger and ultimately joins some larger magical entity like a mental Power Ranger thing. God it’s good. The track is pretty amazeballs as well. Totally worth getting more than a little excited by. It’s so vibrant and bouncy and we just love the horn section and boy/girl duet.

The debut Of Monsters and Men album, My Head Is An Animal (which is already out in Iceland) will be released worldwide in the coming months. Can we have it now please?