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Of Monsters and Men on World Cafe | June 20, 2012

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Of Monsters and Men is an Icelandic sextet specializing in catchy folk-pop. The group came together in 2009 when singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir began recruiting backups for her acoustic solo act. In 2010, Of Monsters and Men gained national fame when it won an annual Icelandic battle of the bands; since then, the buzz has only grown. Incorporating melodica, glockenspiel, accordion and brass into cheery pop, Of Monsters and Men has coasted to international recognition on the strength of the bright and upbeat single "Little Talks." A charming full-length album, My Head Is an Animal, followed.

Dreamy, simple, minimalist folk serves as the foundation for My Head Is an Animal: It's simple and effective, allowing the focus to remain on the entrancing vocal harmonies. With communal chemistry akin to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and a folk-pop sensibility like that of Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men looks likely to stick around for a while.

This segment originally aired on April 20, 2012. (link)

Playlist

(( )) for interlude music

HOUR 1

Iron & Wine "Wolves (Song of the Sheperd's Dog)" The Sheperd's Dog
Spiritualized "Hey Jane" Sweetheart Sweet Light
Spoon "Sister Jack" Gimme Fiction
The Decemberists "Calamity Song" The King is Dead
John K. Samson "When I Write My Master's Thesis" Provincial
((Of Monsters and Men "Little Talks" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Of Monsters and Men "Six Weeks" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Of Monsters and Men "Lakehouse" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Of Monsters and Men "Little Talks" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Of Monsters and Men "Six Weeks" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Alabama Shakes "How Many More Times" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Gary Clack Jr. "Bright Lights" Bright Lights EP

HOUR 2

The Band "Atlantic City" Jericho
The Band "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" The Band
The Band "Up On Cripple Creek" To Kingdom Come
The Band "The Weight" Music from Big Pink
((Levon Helm "Got Me A Woman" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Levon Helm "Ashes of Love" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Levon Helm "Bye Bye Love" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Levon Helm "Going Back to Memphis" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Levon Helm "Got Me A Woman" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Levon Helm "Got Me A Woman (Reprise)" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Levon Helm "The Mountain" Dirt Farmer
Levon Helm "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" The Imus Ranch Record II
The Band "Ophelia" To Kingdom Come