April 09, 2012

Of Monsters And Men - My Head Is An Animal

Aside from Bjork and Sigur Rós, Iceland has produced very few musicians whose work has gained recognition in America. Luckily, the Scandinavian island has recently exported a gem in Of Monsters and Men. Last week, the folk sextet released their debut album, My Head Is An Animal, stateside. The group has received some ecstatic reviews, hailing them as "the next Arcade Fire" and comparing them to every hugely successful folk group of the last decade. And let me tell you: it's all true. Led by the infectiously joyous single, "Little Talks," the album is soaked in Icelandic charm that translates to their live performances. As can be seen in their live performance a few nights back of "Your Bones," vocalists Nanna and Raggi can easily be called the Icelandic Alex and Jade of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. But instead of portraying jangling hippies, they evoke a quieter, more genuine character.

Beginning with the driving "Dirty Paws," the record is surprisingly free of dull moments. The quieter tunes, especially the beautiful "Sloom," display quaint harmonies about love and family. The livelier songs, such as "Little Talks" and "Mountain Sound," showcase the jam-like feel of the disc. But unlike many jams, this one does not go on too long. Instead, I did not want the album to end.

Of Monsters And Men-"Dirty Paws"

Of Monsters And Men-"Mountain Sound"


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