Live: OF MONSTERS AND MEN // Eventim Apollo, London
Iceland’s Of Monsters And Men warmed a sold-out Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith last week.
Since their platinum-certified debut album My Head Is An Animal, the indie folk/pop quintet’s growth has been steady but definitely not slow. Co-lead vocalists Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson’s voices bear this beguiling ability to stand alone in solo parts and still come together in breathtaking harmony, as evidenced in their performance that night.
The evening began with Alligator – the first single off their third and latest album, Fever Dream – a track that is noticeably heavier than their usual. Much to our delight, the rest of the set featured just as many old songs as new ones, with Ahay, Sleepwalker, and Wars weaving themselves nicely with King And Lionheart, Mountain Sound, and Crystals. The real treat of course, was the internationally acclaimed Little Talks, followed by Six Weeks, which saw Nanna joining drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson while Ragnar held the fort on the vocal front.
The encore took us on somewhat of a rollercoaster, starting with the melancholic Waiting For The Snow, taking us up with the invigorating Dirty Paws, and ending with Yellow Light and its soothing notes.
Photos: Abigail Shii