OF MONSTERS AND MEN
"Little Talks" (4:26)
Producers: Of Monsters and Men, Aron Arnarsson
Writer: Of Monsters and Men
Publishers: Amar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson/Brynjar Leifsson/Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir/Ragnar Porhallsson (BMI)
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One could probably count the number of successful Icelandic musical imports on one hand, and based on the influence of forward-thinking acts like Björk and Sigur Rós, Iceland is now stereotyped as a glacial nation of insular, twinkling art-rock experimenters. But with its boisterously catchy single "Little Talks," indie-pop sextet Of Monsters and Men aims to set the record straight, clearing off decades of cultural cobwebs with a blast of radiant sonic sunshine. "I don't like walking around this old and empty house," Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir sings in a soulful, ecstatic croon. "So hold my hand/I'll walk with you, my dear." It's a simple lyrical message, but the group's innocent, hook-filled ruckus speaks volumes. Underneath the vocals, Of Monsters and Men conjures epic sea-shanty joy, with brass blasts and gang hand claps punctuating acoustic strums and clattering drums.