Do you ever discover new music and immediately fall in love? No, not necessarily with the artist(s), but with the sound, the words, the harmony of it all.
About a month ago when the song “Little Talks” played on my Mumford & Sons Pandora, I learned about Of Monsters and Men. The song was catchy and I liked it. Naturally I gave their album, My Head is an Animal, a listen on Spotify, and after the third time through the tracks, I decided I liked it enough to buy it on itunes! Actually, I don’t even think like is an adequate word to express my feelings towards it… I kinda sorta love it. And I thoroughly enjoy listening to Of Monsters and Men. I burned a CD of the album and it’s been playing nonstop in my car,
with the exception of listening to talk radio in the morning on the way to work no lie.
There’s just something about their music…their lyrics. Of Monsters and Men is considered to be an indie pop/folk pop group, but don’t let that scare you away. They’re unlike any other group I’ve heard before and that’s one of the reasons I love them so. Some people might consider them similar to Gotye, Mumford & Sons, Florence & the Machine, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros… but I definitely classify Of Monsters and Men in a genre of their own.
Their music is so unique… it’s as if they are singing a story to you… everything is so descriptive and you can almost see it. They’re from Iceland and that plays a huge part in their music. The sea, forests, bees, birds, kings, bears… are all mentioned in the songs and their nordic roots are evident. Even before I knew where they were from, I knew they were from a seafaring nation. Music that dreamy and stirring and about the sea can’t possibly be from the States 😉
Snippets of lyrics from songs:
The sea said goodbye to the shore so the sun wouldn’t notice. The seaweed wrapped its arms around you – Sloom
Her dirty paws and furry coat, she ran down the forest slope. The forest of talking trees, they used to sing about the birds and the bees. The bees had declared a war, the sky wasn’t big enough for them all. The birds, they got help from below, from dirty paws and the creatures of snow. – Dirty Paws
Howling ghost they reappear in mountains that are stacked with fear. But you’re a king and I’m a lionheart. And in the sea that’s painted black, creatures lurk below the deck. But you’re the king and I’m a lionheart. – King and Lionheart
The books that I keep by my bed are full of your stories. That I drew up from a little dream of mine, a little nightmare of yours. – Sloom
Cause though the truth may vary this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore. – Little Talks
The waves that hit his face marked the past. And the farrows on his skin, oh how time goes fast.– From Finner
In the spring we made a boat out of feathers, out of bones. We set fire to our homes, walking barefoot in the snow. –Your Bones
And we are far from home but we’re so happy. Far from home, all alone but were so happy. – From Finner
And these fingertips will never run through your skin. Those bright blue eyes can only meet mine across the room. Filled with people that are less important than you. -Love Love Love
Is it just me being silly, or do those lyrics speak to you? Can you not see the sea painted black with the creatures below the deck? Can you not see the ocean waves saying goodbye to the shore? Can you not feel the heartache felt over lost love? Ah, I love love love the lyrics.
Do yourself a favor and listen to a few Of Monsters and Men songs. Then give me your honest opinion. I’m really curious as to what other people think about this group and their music!
Oh, and anyone want to go see them live with me when they come to the States??? 🙂