The story surrounding Of Monsters and Men reaches from the band’s native Iceland to a radio station in Philadelphia (“Radio 104.5”) that began playing their song Little Talks, and subsequently to a showcase in Austin at South by Southwest and a swift signing to Republic Records. Their 3rd release FEVER DREAM is out later this month, but you can preview one of the songs right now.

On their new single Alligator, the groove marries a deep quarter-note rock tumble with a choppy backbeat, which sets the sonic stage perfectly for a signature sultry-shout vocal delivery from Nanna Hilmarsdóttir. The energy is high, the night is young, and we offer ourselves to the rapture. Of Monsters and Men has bottled up the energy it takes to be truly free, and now it can be yours.

Oh-so quiet, when they laid me in the stream
And the star-lit sky grew before my eyes

This song is featured on our Roots Collection playlist.

-photo credit: Meredith Truax