As I looked around, I began to notice … that we were nothing like the rest

As some may know, over the last several months I have been planning a trip to Iceland this Fall. For those who don’t, I will be writing all about it soon enough. Part of my planning resulted in watching a couple of videos of peoples trips around Iceland including this one by Doug Urquhart in which he took 25,000 time lapse photos of the Icelandic countryside:

I could go on and on about the sights I hope to see while in Iceland, but that will have to wait for another time. This post is all about the song accompanying the above video, or rather the artists behind the track. Just to be clear, I am not about to go all hipster and say that I liked them before they were cool, before they made it big or any of that. Far from it. The reason I’m writing is purely to further spread the word about a band who have almost instantly become one of my favourites.

Of Monsters and Men are an Icelandic band made up of six musicians who hit the music scene in 2010 when they won Músiktilraunir, an nation-wide battle of the bands held annually in Iceland (though I suppose when your country has a population smaller than my home town, having a national battle of the bands makes sense). They’ve since come out with their debut album My Head Is An Animal and have gotten quite a bit of exposure in North America, the rest of Europe, and even worldwide. It’s hard for me to describe their “sound” especially since I am about as far from a music expert as you can get, but I guess I would classify their music as folk. What’s really drawn me to their music is what I can only describe as their “uniqueness”. The voices of their two vocalists, Nanna and Ragnar are unlike anyone else that I’ve heard before and as a result, many of my favourite songs on their album are those in which they both have prominent singing roles.

As far as my favourites do go, I will start off by saying there are no songs on their album that I dislike. In fact, I don’t think there are is a single track that I don’t love. Having said that, I do still have have favourites and would have to say that my top three consist of Mountain Sound, Little Talks, and Lakehouse. All three feature both Nanna and Ragnar’s vocals and fully capture what I feel Of Monsters and Men are all about.

I encourage you all to check out their music, and hope that you enjoy them as much as I do. Also, if any of you know of artists similar in style or sound let me know. I’d be interested in giving them a listen.

♪ We used to play outside when we were young, and full of life and full of love ♪

– “Little Talks”, Of Monsters and Men