Of Monsters and Men: Iceland's Indie Darlings
Some aspects of Icelandic culture are a bit hard to swallow—like their love of rotten shark meat and boiled sheep faces. You can even label most of the island's music as melodic delicacies—Sigur Rós and Björk may be loved by connoisseurs, but they're not on as many iPods as Sugar Ray or Beck. While Iceland may seem as culturally remote as the land itself, it has a new ambassador making the rounds and bringing newfound attention to the land of the Vikings: Of Monsters and Men.
Founded just three years ago in the sleepy municipality of Reykjanesbær, Of Monsters and Men made a name for themselves at home by winning Iceland's 2010 battle of the bands competition, the Músíktilraunir. In the wake of their victory, they set about recording their first album, My Head Is an Animal, which proved to be a huge international success. Already, they've jumped to the Top 10 position in eight countries, including a number six slot here in the United States.
If you're a fan of indie bigwigs like Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, or Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, then you're definitely a fan of Of Monsters and Men. Building up densely layered orchestrations with a hodgepodge of traditional and non-traditional instruments (guitars meet glockenspiels), they craft a beautifully poppy indie folk sound that comes off as both familiar and groundbreaking. They understand their roots, but they're also working to move their genre forward by pushing the auditory boundaries.
Recently, Of Monsters and Men took time out of their busy touring schedule and made a special stop at JBTV to perform their hit single, Little Talks. Check 'em out and keep an eye open for more projects from this exciting band.
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