Have you heard Icelandic folk rock hipsters Of Monsters And Men? They may have only been around since 2009, but already they’ve made their way into the US Top 10, something even their fellow Icelanders Björk and Sigur Rós have yet to achieve. Following in the folk rock footsteps of Mumford & Sons, their debut album My Heart Is An Animal features wild beasts, forests and fairytales in the band’s passionate, jubilant songs. Singers Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson do a wonderful line in contrasting vocals – Nanna’s uniquely husky and honest voice is particularly endearing.
My Head Is An Animal has been on high rotation in the High Rotation household for many a month now, cos it’s just so damn infectiously lovely, chock full of folk anthems, cheery handclaps, ‘Hey!’s and choruses that will have you lifting your hands into the air with the best of them – just try not to sing along, I dare you! Check out this goose-bump inducing live version of ‘King and Lionheart’ from My Head Is An Animal to see what I mean:
My Head Is An Animal is out now on Record Records/Universal.
- Of Monsters and Men: ‘We found we could bond better by telling each other fairytales’ (guardian.co.uk)
- Of Monsters and Men, Scala – review (standard.co.uk)