Analysis of Mountain Sound in the Context of Journeys

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Mountain Sound
Of Monsters and Men
September 2nd, 2012

“Mountain Sound” is a song performed by Icelandic indie pop band Of Monsters and Men which was released as a second single from their debut studio album “My Head is An Animal.” Written by Arnar Rósenkranz, Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson, it tells the story of a character who commits a crime or action that opposes the values and cultural norm of his society. He then flees from the area to escape capture by the authorities and take refuge in the forest and mountain sound. Along the way, the character also runs into creatures that threaten his existence and therefore is forced to travel only at night to avoid visibility from any
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This description is enforced in the form of an advice from a more superior being which in this case appears to an angel or deity, hinted by the changeover to a woman’s voice, which is stereotypically accepted as compassionate as well as the use of language which is phrased in the form of an admonishment: “hold your horses now, sleep until the sun goes down.” This chorus supports the statement that “in a bid to escape, one journeys to a refuge that provides security and peace of mind.”

In general, the essence of the song is further amplified with specific musical techniques, first of which is the echo effect created by the digital delays in the electric guitars. This effect creates a suspenseful and dramatic scene about to unfold, in reference to the second stanza where the traveller suddenly realises his vulnerability to the strangers as they surround him.

Besides that, the choral section that sings the lines “sleep until the sun goes down” and “deep into the mountain sound” adds spirit and energy to the song which relates to how physical journeys are always affiliated with movement and energy. It also appears as cheer of encouragement to motivate the traveller to continue his strive for his goal.

Furthermore, the incorporation of a duple simple time signature and a drum routine of a “snare, bass, snare, bass,” shows the prolonging of physical journeys and the fast
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