Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men from their 2010 self-released single.
Ever since we started playing this song, listeners have been writing and calling in to ask where to find it. As of yet, the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men do not have album to sell, but you should count yourself lucky to catch them right on the verge of blowing up. Already singer/guitarists Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Raggi þórhallsson, along with drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson and guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, have gained recognition at home with their 2010 win of Músiktilraunir, the nationwide battle of the bands competition, which considering the immense competition among the many amazing Icelandic bands is a huge honor. It’s only a matter of time, though, for the rest of the world to catch on. One listen to “Little Talks” and you’re already imagining yourself raising a glass in a place like The Tractor, The Horseshoe, Metro, Antone’s, or any other American club as the band plays their catchy songs of acoustic folk and while your friends, arm in arm, yell out “hey” at the appropriate time. Immediately likable and impossible to get out of your head, “Little Talks” will be one of the best discoveries you have all year.
We were fortunate to discover Of Monsters and Men during Iceland Airwaves this year and had the opportunity to film them in their living room as they performed two songs exclusively for KEXP listeners. Check out the videos below and follow the band on their MySpace and Facebook pages. It won’t be long from now when you’ll be able to say, “I was listening to them way back when….”