Wednesday, July 4, 2012

You'll Fall in 'Love Love Love' with Of Monsters and Men

Of Monsters and Men are a 6-piece indie/folk band from Iceland who burst onto the scene in 2010 when they were winners of Músíktilraunir, an annual band competition in Iceland. You've probably heard their song Little Talks playing on not just alternative radio stations, but even pop/top 40 radio. They have become a huge success in America with Little Talks and I see nothing but a bright future for Of Monsters and Men.

Of Monsters and Men formed in 2009 when Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir began looking to add musicians to her music project, Songbird. Having found the perfect members to add to the group in 2010 Of Monsters and Men entered into the music competition as a quartet. The foursome added two more members after Músíktilraunir. After their success with the music competition they group began performing at Iceland music festival such as Iceland Airwaves in 2010.

                                                                  Little Talks

Jump forward a year to 2011, Of Monsters and Men started making their way in America. Signing with Record Records in February of 2011, Within months Of Monsters and Men released Little Talks in August. Little Talks propelled them to success and in April Of Monsters and Men released their first album, My Head is an Animal. Since April the album has already seen a great deal of success, it is currently number 4 on the alternative album chart.

                                                               Slow and Steady

However, Little Talks is but a taste of what this band is capable. Listening to My Head is an Animal you immediately can hear that this band is unique. From their folk inspired sound to their duet style [Nanna sings lead as well as Ragnar "Raggi" Pórhallsson]. With all the success of other folk-styled bands it's safe to say that Nanna keeps Of Monsters and Men unique. Nanna leads you into something slightly different with her voice, maybe it's her accent. Whatever it is, her keeps you listening and coming back for more. And like any good folk band, the lyrics are deep with stories behind them like Slow and Steady and Love Love Love.

Whether you love indie, folk, or pop, their sound is breathe of fresh air. Of Monsters and Men are easily going to be one of 2012's biggest bands.

My Head is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men is in stores now.

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