I’ve written about this Icelandic folk rock band before, praising their first single “Little Talks.” Now they’ve recently released their album My Head Is An Animal in Iceland, and while it’s still not available worldwide, I managed to find a copy and I was blown away.
Many newcomers to the indie/folk rock scene ride off the success of one or two singles, but My Head Is An Animal is a complete and epic journey – each track is a wonder on its own, but together they combine to form one hell of a debut album. The energetic instrumentation doesn’t rest often, but when it does it’s only to emphasize the heart-wrenching pull of vocalist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir. Her light soulful voice mingles wonderfully with the accordion, bass, piano, and acoustic guitars. Best of all are the call-and-response lyrics between Nanna and Ragnar þórhallsson; they give a whole new dimension to this folk rock band on some of their most moving songs, such as “Little Talks” and “Lakehouse”.
You can check out these two highlights of the album, as well as the previously posted song “Little Talks.” I’ll be sure to tell you once the full album is available outside of Iceland. For now, you can get “Little Talks” on iTunes and you should also “like” Of Monsters and Men on Facebook to stay up-to-date with their forthcoming concerts and events.
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