Song Premiere: Of Monsters and Men, 'Little Talks' (Passion Pit Remix)

Icelandic band on surprise success, ideas for second album

Of Monsters and Men
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The hottest song on alternative radio right now is Of Monsters and Men's "Little Talks," an engaging track that's earning comparisons to Mumford & Sons (though it displays, at times, a much harder edge). Now it's getting the remix treatment from Passion Pit. Of Monsters and Men co-lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir is very impressed with the Passion Pit remix, which is premiering exclusively here.

Listen to "Little Talks (Passion Pit Remix)":

"We love it," she tells Rolling Stone. "It’s more clubby and it’s very cool. It’s a hard song to remix, too, because it has a certain structure. So I think they did a very good job."

Having a Top 10 smash opens the door to collaborations and remixes. It's a world of possibilities the group never expected. Hell, they were surprised to get out of their own country. "When we were making this album we weren’t thinking about even going out of Iceland to tour or anything like that," says Hilmarsdóttir. "It seemed like a very, very distant idea, and it is a distant idea for a young Icelandic band. We made this album with just little money and plans to raise money where we could. It wasn’t planned at all, but it happened and it’s very weird. But it’s wonderful."

Among those aspects that qualify as weird are the band's enthusiastically sold-out shows. "People in Iceland are kind of more reserved. They’re trying to play it very cool," she says. "So it’s weird and cool to see people kind of lose their minds out there."

The most wonderful moment for the band thus far was their June 29th appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, she says. "That was a very exciting thing for all of us, as we kind of grew up watching Jay Leno," she says. "We all lost our minds when we heard we were doing Leno."

The band will be touring extensively for the rest of 2012, including appearances at the Newport Folk Festival and Lollapalooza. But they are already looking ahead a bit to their second album. "Ideas are starting to come," says Hilmarsdóttir. "I think traveling as much as we’ve been doing lately has been very good for us, because there are a lot of ideas coming.

"It’s a combination of all of it – going around and meeting different people and seeing buildings and landscapes and all this stuff. It does something to you and makes you think in a different way," she says.