Of Monsters and Men is an Icelandic indie folk band from Reykjavik>. Formed in 2010, the band currently consists of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, co-singer and guitarist, Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson, co-singer and guitarist, Brynjar Leifsson, guitarist, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, drummer, and Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, bassist. Árni Guðjónsson, pianist and accordionist, left the group in 2012. The group's first album, My Head is an Animal, is an international hit with the song Little Talks.
The group is formed around Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir. She sings and plays solo acoustic guitar under the name of Songbird for several years, when in 2009 she decides to surround herself with other musicians. The idea of forming a real band ends up winning and in 2010, the quartet that was formed with Nanna (vocals, guitar), Raggi (vocals, guitar, melodica, glockenspiel), Brynjar (guitar, melodica), and Arnar (drums, percussion, glockenspiel, melodica, vocals) takes the name of Of Monsters and Men>.
They participate this year in the musical springboard Músíktilraunir which takes place in Reykjavik and win >>>. Just after, two new musicians join the band: Árni (accordion, keyboards) and Kristján (bass). The group is invited to participate in the Iceland Airwaves festival during which the American radio KEXP notices it and the film interpreting its song Little Talks in a living room. The video becomes one of the most watched of the YouTube channel of the radio.
In February 2011, Of Monsters and Men signed with the independent Icelandic label Record Records for the launch of their first album in Iceland. In August 2011, American radio WRFF began to play the song Little Talks, and in its wake, other radio stations broadcast the title, contributing to the growing popularity of the sextet in the United States. The first album, My Head Is an Animal, was released in Iceland in September 2011 and earned the # 1 in the charts, along with the song Little Talks.