There's something vaguely familiar about the international indie-rock-folk-pop hit "Little Talks" by Icelandic sextet Of Monsters and Men. Maybe it's the playful bantering between vocalists Nanna BryndÃs HilmarsdÃ³ttir and Ragnar "Raggi" ÃžÃ³rhallsson that reminds one of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' "Home," or the great range of instruments that embodies the ferocity of Arcade Fire.
Whatever it is, you know it's something good, as it's hard to keep a smile off your face and not sing along. And dance. It will definitely make you dance. You'll be prancing around in big swooping motions in attempt to capture the powerful presence of the song and you won't even realize it.
It surprising to think this track dropped in 2010, and has taken until now to start getting proper recognition. After winning nation-wide battle of the bands competition MÃºsiktilraunir, they took part in the influential Icelandic Airwaves festival later in 2010. Now that caught Seattle radio station KEXP's attention. Slowly, their musical ecstasy was intoxicating ears all around the world. By mid 2011, "Little Talks" was Iceland's No. 1 song, and was "'the most buzzed about band'" at that year's MÃºsiktilraunir. Of Monsters and Men eventually signed with Universal Music Group, and dropped their debut album My Head is an Animal nationwide in September.
Unfortunately, we and the rest of the world have to wait a little longer for this highly anticipated album, as it's said to be released internationally in early 2012. So hopefully for now this track will appease your budding addiction, as Of Monsters and Men is sure to be one of the bands to take 2012 by storm. And keep your ears open for when My Head is an Animal invades music libraries everywhere.