Friday, March 2, 2012

Of Monsters and Men--Icelandic Band

My fellow Bad Cowgirl Lora send me a link to an up and coming Icelandic band called "Of Monsters and Men." With the amount of great music coming out of Iceland, it seems like its entire population must be in a band. This indy-folk band has gotten a lot of attention for its music. The vocals of the song "Little Talks" are performed by Ragnar Þórhallsson and Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdótti. This has to be one of the most awesomely weird and beautiful videos that I have seen in a long time. (You may need to sit through a commercial before the video starts.)


There is one Icelandic horse in the video (see if you can spot it). And there are certainly a lot of references to Icelandic trolls, monsters, giant sea monsters, volcanoes, floating glaciers, and flying Viking ships. The video makes you wonder what is going on in the artists' heads.

This band is touring the US during March, April, and May 2012. Here is the schedule:
http://ofmonstersandmenmusic.tumblr.com/
3-2-12 update The more I listen to this band Of Monsters and Men, the more I love the music.  Their album "My Head is an Animal" is due to be released in the US some time in 2012.  As we wait for the album, you can listen to 5 songs Dirty Paws, Lakehouse, Six Weeks, Little Talks, and Love Love Love on the broad cast by NPR. 

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=143197790&m=143212295

As the NPR reviewers state: "Maybe some of us cheated a little bit on our Top 10 lists for 2011. A handful of KEXP DJs and staff just couldn't help including Of Monsters and Men's debut album, My Head Is an Animal, even though it's not due out in the U.S. until next year. But you can hardly blame us: A year ago, we tried to warn everyone that, with its catchy melodies, sing-along choruses, rich orchestration and heartfelt lyrics, the young group would blow up soon enough. We've been waiting for Of Monsters and Men's debut ever since."

"Of Monsters and Men's appeal is no great secret. Its members combine the anthemic exuberance and homespun theatricality of bands like Arcade Fire and Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros. Their style, which also shares a strong male/female dynamic, is typically Icelandic: They combine earnestness and aptitude, which makes for irony-free, feel-good music that's nearly impossible to resist. Just listen to the songs that follow, particularly "Lakehouse" and "Little Talks," and we guarantee you'll be hooked."

Here is a link to Of Monsters and Men's web page:

http://ofmonstersandmenmusic.tumblr.com/

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