Of Monsters and Men on ‘Uncomfortably Open’ New LP: ‘It Demands a Reaction’

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    Of Monsters and Men on 'Uncomfortably Open' New LP: 'It Demands a Reaction'

    Of Monsters and Men on ‘Uncomfortably Open’ New LP: ‘It Demands a Reaction’

    “I think some people will love it and some people will hate it,” says Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir, the lead singer for Of Monsters and Men. She’s talking about “Thousand Eyes,” one of her favorite songs on the Icelandic band’s forthcoming album, Beneath the Skin, an abrupt shift from the post-Mumford & Sons stomp-drum choruses and folksy pleas for communion that defined their 2012 debut, My Head Is an Animal.

    Here, a menacing drum pulse and droning guitars have replaced the feel-good sing-alongs, and no one shouts “Hey!” in unison. “It demands a reaction,” she says, adding that her band’s two LPs are “kind of black and white – they’re pretty polar opposite.”

    After several years of constant touring, Of Monsters and Men began recording Beneath the Skin at home in Iceland late last year. As the title suggests, Hilmarsdottir wanted the songs to be as unguarded and honest as possible. “On this album, we were exploring, and it’s more personal,” she says. “We accepted that it would be uncomfortable, but we were OK with it. We were going to go all the way. We were going to dig deep.”

    Of Monsters and Men wrote much of ‘Beneath the Skin’ on the road. “I think some people will love it and some people will hate it,” says Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir, the lead singer for Of Monsters and Men . She’s talking about “Thousand Eyes,” one of her favorite songs […]