Ice cool

On the weekend, this blogger bought the 2011 album entitled My Head is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men. For those living under a rock (or indeed an iceberg), Of Monsters and Men are an Icelandic folk/rock ensemble with two catchy singles in the weekly Radio Airplay Chart. That top 40 playlist sadly also contains Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, Pink and Guy Sebastian. Oh well…

Of Monsters and Men © 2012 Dave Lichterman

Of Monsters and Men have crafted an usual record which features the singles Little Talks, Mountain Sound & Dirty Paws. Little Talks was a staple on Australian commercial radio in the latter half of 2012 and was voted runner up in the Hottest 100 on public radio network Triple J.

Hottest 100 Masks for Australia Day © 2009 moggs oceanlane

As the 2011 English language album has not been played yet, it is up to those (often self-righteous) music critics to pick the winners. Critics applaud these cuts from the album:
Six Weeks
Love Love Love
King and Lionheart

A friend living in the cold, yet visually spectacular Reykjavík has been raving about fellow ‘Icers’ Sigur Rós for many years. Reykjavík is the most distant capital city north – of anywhere! Before the GFC, the city was a favoured haven for uber cool, wealthy or travel savvy Generation Y and Generation X North Americans. Now it’s time for Of Monsters and Men to shine globally for Reykjavík.

You know it makes sense

Some songs voted into Hottest 100 from Australia’s Triple J radio network are always forgettable. ‘Lambnesia’ helps aid the process. But ‘I don’t care, I love it‘ somebody shouts. True enough.

Sweden's Icona Pop © 2012 goStockholmGoeteborg

So the Hottest 100 of 2012 has been compiled. Big farking deal. Time to keep looking. How about list with Dylan, Neil Young and Springsteen in the top 10, that’s possibly better, right? Hell yeah. This blogger invites readers to inspect a list of the 50 Best Songs of 2012 as compiled by Rolling Stone magazine. Oh, and Leonard Cohen and Fiona Apple feature in in the top 20. ‘You know it makes sense’.

It is probably better to not mention that disposable pop sewerage — exemplified by the inclusion of Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber — permeates the top 50. Ouch! Nothing is perfect.