Giving another taste from their forthcoming album, Of Monsters and Men have released their new song “Wild Roses.”
Stepping away from their usual folk-nuanced mountain sound heard on Beneath The Skin and My Head Is An Animal, “Wild Roses” sees Of Monsters and Men delve into a more pop-oriented groove. With soaring melodies and introspective lyrics, the song is sonically upbeat but delves into the tribulations and slow recovery from pain.
“The song shows an introverted side to the album and is influenced by a bit of dance music and Joseph Campbell’s ‘The power of myth and what it is like to lean into your sadness,’” co-vocalist Nanna Hilmarsdóttir said in a statement.
The song is the second song from Of Monsters and Men’s forthcoming third album Fever Dream, which is out July 26 via Republic Records. The album will be the Icelandic band’s first since their 2015 sophomore release Beneath The Skin, and will detail their growth as a band as they continue to make music that aims to inspire.
The band previously released their single “Alligator” in May. Whereas “Wild Roses” is based in upbeat pop, “Alligators” sees the band take on electric guitar where they have a more pop-rock presence that beckons the comparison of Grouplove, The Naked And Famous or Passion Pit.
Watch the lyric video for Of Monsters and Men’s “Wild Roses” below and watch the music video for their single “Alligator” further down. THEN, check out Paste’s own recordings of the band from 2012 at the Newport Folk Festival. You can also view the band’s U.S. tour dates for the fall below the videos.
Of Monsters and Men Tour Dates:
04 – Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
05 – New York, N.Y. @ Radio City Music Hall
07 – Uncasville, Ct. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
08 – Boston, Ma. @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
10 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ The Met
11 – Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage
13 – Chicago, Ill. @ Aragon Ballroom
14 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Surly Brewing Festival Field
16 – Denver, Co. @ Mission Ballroom
17 – Ogden, Utah @ Ogden Twilight at the Ogden Amphitheater
19 – Santa Barbara, Calif. @ Santa Barbara Bowl
21 – Las Vegas, Nv. @ Life is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival
22 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Palladium
24 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
26 – Seattle, Wash. @ WAMU Theater
27 – Portland, Or. @ Edgefield
28 – Vancouver, BC @ UBC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre