Track Review: Of Monsters and Men, 'Little Talks'

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<p> <strong>OF MONSTERS AND MEN <br /> "Little Talks" (4:26) <br /> Producers: Of Monsters and Men, Aron Arnarsson <br /> Writer: Of Monsters and Men <br /> Publishers: Amar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson/Brynjar Leifsson/Nanna Brynd&#237;s Hilmarsd&#243;ttir/Ragnar Porhallsson (BMI) <br /> Skrimslehflaekjaras 1/Universal Republic</strong> <br /> <br /> One could probably count the number of successful Icelandic musical imports on one hand, and based on the influence of forward-thinking acts like Bj&#246;rk and Sigur R&#243;s, 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 Brynd&#237;s Hilmarsd&#243;ttir 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.</p><p> <object width="412" height="315"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ghb6eDopW8I?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="412" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ghb6eDopW8I?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" /></object></p><p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="/new-releases/songs"> <strong>Return To Reviews Main Page</strong></a> </p>