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Of Monsters and Men is a six piece indie folk/pop band from Reykjavík, Iceland. The group comprises Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir (vocals, guitar), Ragnar Þórhallsson (vocals, guitar), Brynjar Leifsson (guitar), Kristján Páll Kristjánsson (bass), Árni Guðjónsson (keyboards, accordion) and Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson (drums). This catchy folk song was released as their debut single in Iceland in September 2011 and went to the top of the charts in their native country. The following April the tune became their first entry on the US singles chart, when it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #92.
Speaking with Interview Magazine, Hilmarsdóttir explained the song's meaning: "How we usually make our lyrics is, Raggi and I, sometimes we come up with stories or situations. That one is about a relationship. Sometimes we haven't wanted to give too much away. We like people to read their own things in the lyrics. I guess I could share it. It's about a couple and the husband passed away and it's from the conversation between the two of them. We don't know if she's going crazy or if someone's actually there. We've kind of been inspired by people that lived in my house. This old couple that lived there for 30 years. The woman passed away, so it was kind of different."