LOCAL Entertainment Music Education Friday: Of Monsters And Men

Although you may not “think” you have heard of the group, when you click on the link you will probably remember the song because it has been played and used for a variety of things.

“Of Monsters And Men is a six-piece, English-language  indie folk/pop band from Iceland, formed in 2010. The band’s origins began in 2009 when Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir decided to add to her solo project, Songbird. Of Monsters and Men entered 2010’s Músíktilraunir as a quartet with members Nanna (co lead vocals, guitar), Raggi (co lead vocals, guitar, melodica, glockenspiel), Brynjar (guitar, melodica, backing vocals), and Arnar (drums, percussion, melodica, glockenspiel, accordion, backing vocals), Following Músiktilraunir, the quartet added two more members, Árni (accordion/keys, backing vocals – who has since gone back to school and left the group) and Kristján (bass, backing vocals). ”

“They were invited to perform at the 2010 Iceland Airwaves festival, and it is there that the Seattle-based radio station KEXP recorded the band performing “Little Talks” from a Living Room Session.

The band signed with Republic Records in February 2011 for the release of their debut album in Iceland. In August 2011, Philadelphia’s Radio 104.5 began playing “Little Talks” and propelled the band to nationwide popularity. Their debut album My Head Is an Animal was released in Iceland in September 2011 with both it and “Little Talks” hitting No. 1.

With success in Iceland, and growing popularity in the USA, the band was signed to Universal for a worldwide release of their debut album. The band released its Into the Woods in December 2011, which features four songs from their debut album, and later released My Head Is an Animal in the United States in April of 2012.”

This song may not be one you have heard before but it’s great!  Give Of Monsters And Men a listen and you may have just found yet another great group to add to your music collection.





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