I want to start by emphasising that I have loved this band for the good part of a year now. They are a breath of fresh air and a fantastic live act. But when I first heard they would be releasing ‘Mountain Sound’ as their second single I felt a slight sense of disappointment. My initial thought was that although this is a good track, but there are definitely some better ones on their debut album My Head is An Animal.
Whether or not this (now major label) indie band have the privilege of choosing its own singles is information I am not privy too. But either way it seems they have plumped for what could be considered a ‘safe choice’. I mean this by virtue of the fact that ‘Mountain Sound’ is the only 3:30 number on their album – a statistic which is true music to most radio pluggers’ ears – and it has the same up-beat vibe as their popular first single ‘Little Talks’. I just believe that there are some stronger songs to be released from this current album.
Having said all this, when I saw Of Monsters and Men play a few moths back, ‘Mountain Sound’ was the surprise package. The crowd were split by gender (not literally) and given parts to sing (like a slightly bouncier and much less seductive version of ‘Senorita’ by Justin Timberlake). Even in the dark indoors of Camden’s Electric Ballroom I felt like I was bang in the middle of a festival.
This song really came out of its shell, and I told myself I must stop neglecting it on my iPod immediately. But that is no emotion to be had over a single. Singles are normally those three or four tracks that hit you in the face when you first hear the album. Although, to be fair, I think their debut album has just the one outright single. The remaining 11 are all awesome songs, but I can imagine them being hard to choose from.
Ultimately my advice would be to buy the album, not the single. I really hope that this single does well. But I think their next one should do better.