Vinyl love: Of Monsters And Men “My head is an animal”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Of Monsters And Men
Album Title: My head is an animal
Year released: 2011 (2012 in North America)
Details: Pink vinyl, 2 x LP, Gatefold

The skinny: The Icelandic indie pop/indie folk sextet scored a smash hit with this, their debut album, mostly on the back of the monstrous single, “Little talks” (see below). Their big sound, based on grand instrumentation and gang vocals, is infectious stuff and album is sold from side to side to side to side.

Standout track: “Little talks”

Vinyl love: Rachel Zeffira “The deserters” (+ “Here on in” b/w “To here knows when”)

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Rachel Zeffira
Album Title: The deserters
Year released: 2012
Details: Black vinyl, poster, included 7″ single “Here on in” b/w “To here knows when”

The skinny: With The Horrors’ Faris Badwan, Rachel Zeffira makes up the other half of Cat’s Eyes, but here she strikes out on her own with her solo debut. Mixing her classical and operatic training with dream pop makes for some haunting and beautiful music: a little Kate Bush, a little Cocteau Twins.

Standout track: “Here on in”

Vinyl love: Basia Bulat “Good advice”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Basia Bulat
Album Title: Good advice
Year released: 2016
Details: Black vinyl, gatefold

The skinny: Basia Bulat’s fourth album takes the diminutive but massive-voiced, Canadian singer/songwriter into a whole new territory. Produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, “Good advice” goes beyond the usual auto-harp or acoustic guitar backdrop for her vocal exercises and gives her a massive, rainbow coloured canvas to leap off of. It’s easily my favourite of her albums to date.

Standout track: “Infamous”