Iâ€™ve had a long-standing love affair with Icelandic bands and their music; The Sugarcubes in the ’80s, Bjork in the ’90s and Sigur Ros from 1999 through most of the 2000’s. I thought my streak had ended until I recently had the opportunity to listen to My Head is an Animal by you guessed it â€“ an Icelandic band called Of Monsters and Men.
While on a 10km walk, I listened to the album as it looped through three times. This album is solid from start to finish. A rarity for most new music releases. Thatâ€™s not to say that there arenâ€™t standouts – â€śLittle Talksâ€ť, â€śDirty Pawsâ€ť, â€śFrom Finnerâ€ť and my favourite â€śLove Love Loveâ€ť â€“ but the twelve tracks together form a cohesive whole.
The six piece band includes one female member, Nanna who shares vocal duties with her male counterpart, Haggi. I am a sucker for bands that feature boy/girl duets and this band gives us plenty. Whatâ€™s most exciting about the album is its sing-along-ability (is that a real word?). The easy flowing, repetitive choruses with many ‘hey hey heys’ and ‘la la las’ makes me want to join in â€“ albeit with a pint in hand â€“ as these songs would feel at home in a raucous pub as well as any coffee house.
Itâ€™s Spring 2012 and â€śthough the truth may varyâ€ť, I believe I may have fallen in Love again…
Â© Dee Dee Duric, Music Vice
Of Monsters and Men
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