Better perhaps than their recorded material, Of Monsters and Men are designed to be performed live.

The tension was palpable as the gardens, packed to the brim, awaited the entrance of the beloved indie-folk pop band. They emerged onto a coldly lit stage, dark blue, amidst ambient drone music.

It was Iceland: vast, dark and beautiful.

Cold and wet as the night was, OMAM proved that even the most torrid of conditions can be made joyful by warm and beautiful music.

Filling every corner of Kirstenbosch gardens with bone-chilling vocal lines and catchy hooks, OMAM presented a show that, apart from being polished, streamlined and joyful, was sonically gargantuan.

This was owed, in part, to a very versatile back-line, who jumped between trumpet, accordion, keys and percussion.

The rest should be attributed to lead singer-guitarist, Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir: tirelessly beating a floor tom to a pulp one minute, then delivering echoing vocals, as if into the depths of a vast, unending canyon, in the next.

 

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Even Cape Town’s wildlife was captivated by the sounds of OMAM. ‘Wolves Without Teeth’ was dedicated to the praying mantis that took up position on co-singer guitarist Ragner Þórhallsson’s microphone.

The artist spent the song staring cross-eyed at the star-struck stick figure, afraid to open his mouth in song, lest the little monster crawl into it.

Typically unresponsive at first, the Cape Town crowd was jubilant after two cloudbursts and half a verse of “Little Talks”.

The rest was all xylophones and encores.

Catch the five piece tonight in Cape Town: at Kirstenbonsch Botanical Gardens.
Or in Johannesburg: at the Sowing the Seeds Festival.

 

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Better Live: Of Monsters and Men are a must-see
5.0Overall Score

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