Six-piece indie folk/pop collective Of Monsters And Men visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., recently to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief acoustic set. The group discussed their single "Little Talks," internal dynamics and musical influences, and emerging from Iceland, among other topics. Of Monsters And Men performed "Little Talks," "King And Lionheart" and "Mountain Sound," which all appear on their debut album, My Head Is An Animal.
"It was one of those songs that just needed time and needed to breathe a little," said vocalist/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir regarding "Little Talks." "But then [we] sat down and thought of a story behind the song, something that we felt was very fitting."
Formed in their native Iceland, Of Monsters And Men comprise piano/accordionist Árni Guðjónsson, vocalist/guitarist Hilmarsdóttir, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, and vocalist/guitarist Ragner Þórhallsson. After winning a local battle of the bands competition in 2010, the group earned a record deal with Universal Music Group. In December 2011 they released a four-song EP, Into The Woods. Their full-length debut album, My Head Is An Animal, was released in April. Directed by We Were Monkeys' Mihai Wilson, the video for "Little Talks" has garnered nearly 11 million views on YouTube.