- Wolves Without Teeth
- Slow Life
- Black Water
- Thousand Eyes
- I Of The Storm
- We Sink Deluxe Edition
- Winter Sound
- Black Water (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear Remix)
- 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