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You’ve probably heard the song, "Little Talks" on the radio. To the band’s amazement, it’s a worldwide hit. “It’s even big in Turkey,” they told us, shaking their collective heads, pleasantly bewildered. But it’s easy to see why the song has caught on with its rolling, infectious energy, that chorus of “heys!” and a foreboding lyric that ends up reassuring us we’re all going to make it safely back to shore.
And the six-member band itself — with a trumpet player added for their 2012 tour — clearly has its own charm, as we discovered when we spent an afternoon with them in L.A. They wear their sudden fame lightly — quick to make jokes about themselves — and they take obvious pleasure in playing music with each other.
Asked why they preferred singing in English, beyond the obvious desire to reach a global audience, drummer Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson laughed and said “It’s easy to be cheesy” with Icelandic songs.
We liked the spirit and bounce of “Little Talks” so much that we decided to make it the theme song for an episode of Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders.
Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, singer
Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson, singer
Brynjar Leifsson, guitar
Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, drums
Árni Guðjónsson, accordion
Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, bass
Ragnhildur Gunnarsdottir, trumpet, on their 2012 tour
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