Two schoolboys, Jack Duff and Cormac Connell, from Navan, County Meath, Ireland impressed the judges on Wednesday night’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent with their cover of “Little Talks” by Of Monsters & Men.
Had I heard Of Monsters & Men’s full-length debut, My Head is an Animal, before compiling my Top Albums of 2012, the album most certainly would’ve been on the list. Led by singer-guitarists Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson, Of Monsters & Men are a five-piece, follk-pop ensemble from Iceland. Their exquisite recording blends the lovely male/female harmonies of The Civil Wars and the twinkling multi-instrumental arrangements of The Low Anthem with some choral embellishments worthy of Polyphonic Spree. The standout track is “Little Talks” and other highlights are “Mountain Sound” and “Your Bones.”