Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Recently the winners of the BBC Sound of 2013, Haim were formed in 2006 by sisters Este, Danielle and Alans Haim. They'e been compared with 70s soft-rock legends Fleetwood Mac, however, they like to insist that their influences are a bit more up-to-date, revealing they are big fans of 90s girl groups TLC and Destiny’s Child, but also claim to be fans of Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Ware and Azealia Banks. Consequently their music sounds a bit like girly folk-rock with a few R&B/hip-hop stylings thrown in for good measure.
So far its reached UK No 32, I don't think it'll get any higher when the chart is full of crap pop and even worse R+B dance dross!
Personally I think they've a very quirky 80's sound, but hey that's me!
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Firstly I'd like to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year and thanks for following and commenting on my weird and complex taste in music!!
Of Monsters and Men are a five-piece indie folk/indie pop band from Iceland, formed in 2010. The members are co-singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, co-singer/guitarist Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson,and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson. Try saying them names after a few beers!
The band won the Músíktilraunir in 2010, an annual battle of the bands competition in Iceland. In 2011, Of Monsters and Men released an EP entitled Into the Woods. The band's debut album My Head Is an Animal (2011), peaked at No. 6 on the US album chart and No 3 here in the UK. Its lead single "Little Talks" was an international success, reaching No 12 in the UK and No 31 in the US, but it did make it the No1 spot the US Alternative Songs Chart and in their homeland.
Unfortunately the follow up “Mountain Song only reached UK No 66 and US 106!! I think it’s the better of the two to be honest, but hey that’s me!
I couldn’t find an official video for the song, but I’ve included a live version as well, which is just as good if not better than the studio version.