Beneath the Skin
Of Monsters and Men became a mainstream success and an indie-community approved band with their debut album, My Head is An Animal. While the band was similar to other chamber pop groups like San Fermin and Arcade Fire, they had a folk sound like The Lumineers and Mumford and Sons. What set them apart was their ability to combine the two with interesting lyrics, unique instruments for pop music and cool vocal harmonies and duets.
This why I’m excited for album number two. It’s their chance to show growth and maximize on what they are clearly good at.
Their new album coming out on June 8th, has produced three singles, “Crystals”, “I of the Storm” and “Empire”, “I of the Storm” being my clear favorite. The unique Of Monsters and Men sound is definitely back but with a larger production. The singles have more of a trailer to an action movie vibe than five friends in an abandon church with awesome acoustics like the first album.
I’m excited to see what they came up with for their sophomore release, but I’m a little worried. While the group described it as the “polar opposite” of their first album lyrically, based on the singles, I’m not sure that sound is going to be different and mature enough to consider it noteworthy. We shall see!