Of Monsters and Men want Björk collaboration

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 July 2013
Of Monsters and Men, pic by Tom Oldham

Of Monsters and Men

Indie group Of Monsters and Men have said they would love a collaboration with fellow Icelandic star Björk and were amazed their debut record charted higher than the icon's latest album

Of Monsters and Men want to work with Björk.

The indie band would love to team up with their musical icon - who hails from their native Iceland - on their second album and think her haunting vocals would make for an unusual collaboration.

Quizzed about the prospect of working with the 'Army Of Me' hitmaker, singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "That would be a great idea. I mean, when you get Björk to sing on your album that's a pretty cool step in making music."

Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, the band's drummer, chimed in: "We had never thought about it - until now! It would be good. We are more mainstream though, her music is very different."

Of Monsters and Men's debut album 'My Head Is An Animal' has proved a global success and the 'Little Talks' musicians can't believe their record charted higher than Björk's latest offering, 'Biophilia'.

Speaking backstage at Bushmills Live festival held in the Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland, Arnar mused: "It's strange because Iceland has been known for Björk for many years and if you mention Iceland, like if I went abroad and said, 'I'm from Iceland!', 'Oh... do you know Björk'?' - that would be the next question.

"And now people are talking to us. It's very strange because she's like the queen of music in Iceland and we all look up to her."

The six-piece have also had their sights set on a duet with American folk band Bon Iver since hitting the big time, but are too nervous about approaching them.

Arnar sighed: "We actually went to a party in Los Angeles - that sounds really fancy - he was there [singer Justin Vernon] doing a DJ set and my goal was to go and ask him if he would collaborate on a song, but I was too shy to crack out of my shell and do it."

Jake Bugg, Foy Vance, Willy Mason and Iain Archer joined Of Monsters and Men last month at Bushmills Live festival for a unique day of performances in amongst the whiskey barrels.

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