ImageI just can not stop listening to this band.  Sure their album “My Head is an Animal” came out all the way back in 2011, but the more I listen, the more obsessed I become.  The album is genuinely enchanting, and I’m hard-pressed to find a bad song on it.

Of Monsters and Men is a five-piece, English-language, indie folk/pop band from Iceland that was formed in 2010.  The band consists of the lead sing/guitarist Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir, co-singer/guitarist Ragnar “Raggi” Dorhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson and bassist Kristjan Pall Kristjansson.

The band won the Musiktilraunir in 2010 which is an annual battle of the bands competition in Iceland.  In 2011, Of Monsters and Men released their first EP titled “Into the Woods”.  Shortly there after, the band released their first debut album titled “My Head is an Animal” which reached number 1 in Australia, Iceland, Ireland and the US Rock and Alternative Charts, while peaking at number 6 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, number 3 in the UK, and Top 20 of most European charts and Canada.

Their lead single, “Little Talks”, was an international success, reaching the Top 10 in most music charts in Europe, including number 1 in Ireland, Iceland and US Alternative Songs.

In 2013, Of Monsters and Men won the 2013 European Boarder Breakers Award, which is an award that recognizes the success of ten emerging artists or groups who reach audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year.

The band truly has a wonderful sound, mixing light male and female vocals along with a compliment of folk music in the background.  The songs are all extremely catchy and has caused me to stay hooked, even two years after the band released the album.

All of the songs on “My Head is an Animal” are great.  It truly is difficult for me to pick one favorite but if I had to, I’d say listen to “Dirty Paws”.  If you haven’t yet, pick up this album.  You won’t be disappointed.

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