It’s hardly a secret that Iceland has been responsible for producing some seriously good artists over the years. They might not come along all that often – but when they do, it’s usually something quite special. Step forward Of Monsters And Men, the latest musical export to emerge from Iceland’s volcanic shores.
With the tender vocals of Hilmarsdóttir and þórhallsson nestled amongst the swelling choruses and subtle verses, this is a record with one heck of a big heart. There is a real sense of wide-eyed, unaffected honesty here; a feeling that every member of this band is pouring absolutely everything they have into the album. It’s this, more than anything, that makes it such a strong record – and it’s this that will give this album the ability to outlive a good few of its contemporaries.