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Tracklist
  1. Crystals
  2. Human
  3. Hunger
  4. Wolves Without Teeth
  5. Empire
  6. Slow Life
  7. Organs
  8. Black Water
  9. Thousand Eyes
  10. I Of The Storm
  11. We Sink
  12. Deluxe Edition
  13. Backyard
  14. Winter Sound
  15. Black Water (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear Remix)
  16. I Of The Storm (Alex Somers Remix)

I’ve got you under my skinny skin

Winning the Músíktilraunir competition, Iceland’s annual battle of the bands, back in 2010 and that only a few months after their formation, was like walking in the shoes of Charlie of the Chocolate Factory. Touring around the globe 2 years later, after the release of debut album “My Head Is An Animal” (2011), was like winning the lottery. The world was ready for the fun-loving Icelandic indie folk rock of Of Monsters And Men.

The second album has a more electric sound, but is still built on an acoustic fundament. More droning than bingley-bongley guitars and geared up percussion. The vocal harmonies of vocalists Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson are still present and prominent. My favourite track is nr 9, “Thousand Eyes”, a soundscape driven by a menacing riff, swelling strings and crescendo drumbeats.

“Beneath the skin” is a safe but mature record, luckely a bit to the left of the mainstream and a bit to the right of the middle of the road. But sometimes dangerously close to no bite, no hook. I hope OMAM will get hooked on chili for their 3rd album.

– Wim Van Hooste

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