Analysis of Little Talks, by Of Monsters and Men

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Introduction Of Monsters and Men is an up and coming Icelandic band that uses emotional lyrics and familiar subject matter in their songs. While they do not use a direct interpretation of the lyrics in their music videos, Of Monsters and Men uses the symbolism of a phoenix and a group of mythical monsters to bring forth the overall message of their song; the power of hope when a loved one is struggling with a mental disease. Drawing their inspiration from the Icelandic fairytales and stories they used to hear growing up, Of Monsters and Men captivates an audience of many generations. “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and men uses a catchy rhythm and heartbreaking lyrics of loneliness to emphasize the burden of mental diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, on the patients and their loved ones. The Artist Of Monsters and Men is a six-member, indie pop/folk/rock band from Iceland. The members include Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, (lead singer/guitarist), Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson (co-singer/guitarist), Brynjar Leifsson (guitarist), Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson (drummer), Árni Guðjónsson (keyboard player), and Kristján Páll Kristjánsson (bassist). (Songfacts, 2011) The band originated in 2009 when Nanna Hilmarsdóttir decided to quit her solo career, Songbird, and form a band and enter Músíktilraunir- an annual battle of the bands competition in Iceland. With a rapid rise in the music industry, after winning Músíktilraunire in 2010, the band decided to forgo their solo careers and stick together (Austinist, 2012). Within that year they signed with Universal Music Group and begin touring. It wasn’t long until “Little Talks” was listened to around the world. "Raggi" Þórhallsson came up with the band’s names after Icelandic fairytales and ... ... middle of paper ... ... relationship can experience in this difficult situation. Of Monsters and Men used their personal experiences of watching someone they know deal with this disease and their love of telling stories for their inspiration for this song. “Little Talks” portrays a story about a husband and wife and the strain that mental disorders can cause on a relationship. Works Cited Of Monsters and Men. The Official Website for Of Monsters and Men." Of Monsters and Men | The Official Website for Of Monsters and Men. Of Monsters and Men, n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013. http://www.ofmonstersandmen.com/ Little Talks." By Of Monsters and Men Songfacts. Song Facts, 2011. Web. 23 Oct. 2013. . Chan, Tracie (1 March 2012). "An Interview with Of Monsters and Men: On Monsters, Jugglers, & Their First US Tour". Austinist. Retrieved 23 Oct. 2013
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