Of Monsters and Men Delivers That ‘Mountain Sound’

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, August 13

Photo by Erik Kabik

Photo by Erik Kabik

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir’s haunting plea to undo this storm in “Thousand Eyes” offered proper warning for the cyclone of sound we were about to experience. What started as an Icelandic five-piece quickly became nine as two trumpet players, a pianist and an accordionist joined in for the warmly embraced “King and Lionheart.” Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson’s spine-rattling percussion put the drum circle right at our feet. Hilmarsdóttir chilled the summer air with the opening note of “Human,” a delivery so surreal, it put the album version to shame. Ragnar Þórhallsson and Hilmarsdóttir breathed authority into the galloping “Winter Sound” as they strummed their acoustics with lightning finesse. Between Þórhallsson’s heavy timbre and Hilmarsdóttir’s mousy rasp, you couldn’t tell where one ended and the other began—they were that melodically connected. In Hilmarsdóttir’s decelerated parade march “I of the Storm,” she posed a question: Are you really gonna love me when I’m gone? After this show, how could we not? ★★★★✩

SET LIST
Thousand Eyes
Crystals
King and Lionheart
Empire
Black Water
Winter Sound
I of the Storm
Human
Hunger
Mountain Sound
Wolves Without Teeth
Lakehouse
Little Talks
Six Weeks

ENCORE
Organs
Dirty Paws
We Sink

Photos by Erik Kabik

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