i first heard of monsters and men this august at the osheaga music festival in montreal. they played an energetic set in the 90+ degree weather that ended up being one of my favorite performances of the festival. i’ve been excited to buy their 2011 release, my head is an animal, ever since. originating in iceland, this 6-piece band has an indie-dreamy-folky feel that sounds like a cross between feet foxes/the xx/beach house/band of horses/mumford and sons.
their super-catchy single “little talks” helped propel them out of iceland and onto the international scene, and the album is a cross between these up-tempo sing-a-long type songs and a few bedroom-pop style songs which really bring out the beauty the male and female vocalists.
interlaced with mythical-sounding lyrics, this album reminded me of old folktales.
of monster and men is actually returning home and playing iceland airwaves this november, which will no doubt be an amazing event (sigur ros is headlining the festival as well). too bad tickets are already sold out.
overall, one of my favorite purchases of the year – i cant recommend this album enough. definitely pick it up.