As Eurovision 2012 invaded my Twitter feed this weekend, I kept the telly off and relaxed to some truly incredible music, which I’d like to introduce to you in just a second. But before I do that, I must say that I’m surprised by the final results (ha, as if I actually follow Eurovision every year), especially the questionable second place ranking of Russia’s Buranovskiye Babushki (however adorable they may be). I’m even more surprised that Denmark (23rd) and Iceland (19th) didn’t place as high as I’d expected. Instead, Sweden’s Loreen won, so congrats to her as I’m sure she and Sweden are incredibly happy!
Right. Now that we’ve gotten the obligatory Eurovision remarks out of the way, we can focus on a truly talented group from Iceland, Of Monsters and Men. The band consists of six members, Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar þórhallsson, Brynjar Leifsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Kristján Páll Kristjánsson and Árni Guðjónsson. They are one of my absolute favourite bands at the moment and I feel they will be for a long time. What draws me to this group is how their songs effortlessly exemplify an outright celebration of life and love, and yet, as you’ll hear in “Little Talks”, you can also detect a sadness and apprehension that nothing lasts forever. Here are a few favourites from their album My Head Is an Animal.
King and Lionheart