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Discover: New Of Monsters and Men Single "Crystals"

The indie folk band that brought folk to the mainstream with "Little Talks" is back with newest single "Crystals". The Icelandic group released a lyric video for "Crystals" earlier this afternoon (March 16) and within one listen, I was signing along with the expressive feature character. This soon-to-be festival anthem is the first peek at Of Monsters and Men's next album Beneath the Skin due out June 9th. This album follows chart topping LP My Head is an Animal, which featured folky hits "Dirty Paws" and "Mountain Sound".  

The track features the driving percussion, drawn out vocal lines, and horn sounds characteristic of Of Monsters and Men. However, this single is anything but a rehashing of their stylistic tropes. If anything, "Crystals" features a more mature sound. Of Monsters and Men produces a solid release all around. "I know I'll wither / So peel away the bark / Because nothing / Grows when it is dark" lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir sings. The song begs the listener to turn away from the melancholy and look instead to hope.

In conjunction with their album release, Of Monsters and Men will be going on a world tour in May, kicking off in Toronto. The group will also be previewing their new tracks at Sasquatch, Squamish, and Fuji Rock music festivals. 

Full Tour Dates
May 4th Toronto, ON Massey Hall

May 5th Washington, DC Echostage
May 7th New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
May 8th Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
May 9th Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
May 10th Camden, NJ WRFF Birthday Bash
May 12th Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
May 17th Santa Barbara, CA KJEE Summer Round-Up
May 19th Portland, OR Roseland Theater
May 20th Portland, OR Roseland Theater
May 22nd George, WA Sasquatch! Music Festival
June 6th Mountain View, CA Live 105 BFD
June 16th London, UK London Forum
June 17th Paris, France Bataclan
June 19-21 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany - Southside Festival
June 20th Hilvarenbeek , Holland - Best Kept Secret
June 19-21 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
June 24th Zagreb, Croatia INmusic Festival
June 26th Werchter, Belgium Rock Werchter
June 27th Nantes, France Le Stéréolux
June 26-28 Marmande, France Festival Garorock
June 30th Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
July 1st Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp
July 3rd Gdynia, Poland Open’er Festival
July 5th Turku, Finland Ruisrock Festival
July 7th Milan, Italy Unaltrofestival
July 8th Rome , Italy Auditorium Parco della Musica
July 10th Barcelona, Spain Cruilla Festival
July 11th Bilbao, Spain BBK Live
July 26th Niigata, Japan Fuji Rock

August 7-9 Squamish, BC Squamish Valley Music Festival

Beneath The Skin Track Listing:

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

Included on Deluxe:
12. Backyard
13. Winter Sound
14. Black Water (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear Remix)
15. I Of The Storm (Alex Somers Remix)

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