December 13, 2011

she follows me into the woods / takes me home

Of Monsters & Men is an avalanche of song crashing onto our shores from Iceland. This six-piece band is young, and their music explodes. Imagine if Sigur Ros and Arcade Fire made babies, and sent them to live in that big house in Portland with Typhoon. HOW COULD THAT BE ANYTHING BUT GRAND? Trick question: it couldn’t.

Their Into The Woods EP comes out next week right before Christmas, and their full-length album My Head Is An Animal (which is out in Iceland already) will be released to the rest of the non-Icelandic world in early 2012. This song is on both, and it is tribal, choral, and fantastic:

Six Weeks – Of Monsters & Men



Check out five songs from their NPR session as well. Wanna come see them with me at SXSW 2012? Of course you do. Let’s.

[photo by Jason Gordon]

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8 Comments »

  • They are incredible! I cannot wait for the US release and a US tour. King and Lionheart and Yellow Light are my favorites, though the entire album is fantastic.

    Sounds For The Soul — December 13, 2011 @ 8:24 am

  • I straight up love this band. I had to dig around to get a hold of My Head Is An Animal, but it’s an amazing record.

    Stephen Kimball — December 13, 2011 @ 10:04 am

  • Love these guys. I first heard them on KEXP, then was lucky enough to see them play in Reykjavik last spring, and to have a friend pick up their CD for me on a later visit.

    If you don’t already have a copy, Heather, I bet one of your readers would hook you up with some MP3s :)

    Daryn — December 13, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

  • Simply smashing, I bet these guys are amazing live. I hope they are playing more than one show when they come Texas.

    Brian Lambert — December 14, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

  • I will see them with you at SXSW. I’ll be the one up front going stark raving mad while they’re playing.

    Royal — December 24, 2011 @ 12:28 am

  • I kinda adore this group, however I hate that they have been referred to as Iceland’s Mumford & Sons. apologies if you like M and his sons : )

    Heather — December 26, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

  • thanks for sharing! i just bought their mp3 album-i love it!

    kenzie — December 27, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  • Heather,
    I must say a big (BIG) Thank You.

    Apart from the fact that these guys are amazing and I was just listening to their KEXP session while cooking, I was thinking at the same time and realized that a whole lot of the most amazing music I’ve heard & discovered these past few years has been coming from this blog of yours.

    THANK YOU for sharing these sustainable resources of fuel for the soul and heart :)

    Avi — December 30, 2011 @ 7:38 am

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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—Hunter S. Thompson

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