Of Monsters and Men ”Little Talks”

One of about a half dozen acts on my countdown who got their first big break through a national talent contest – in the case of this quintet from Reykjavik, it was by winning Iceland’s annual Músíktilraunir (Music Experiment) contest in 2010. This lovely little sea shanty duet, from their debut album My Head Is an Animal, actually started picking up airplay in the U.S. in the fall of 2011, but the song has steadily worked its way up into the middle of the Billboard pop charts all through 2012. (And the video’s terrific, so watch it!)