Written by: Anya
The first thing you feel when you listen to one of the songs from the six person Icelandic band is nostalgia.
They were formed less than half a decade ago in 2010 and after winning a local music competition called Músiktilraunir, they got immediate recognition worldwide. The band’s members compose of leading female vocalist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, singer/guitarist Ragnar “Raggi” þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson and piano/accordion player Árni Guðjónsson. Their music feels like being in a world of your own, bringing back memories of fairytales, monsters and stories you heard while you were growing up.
They are self-proclaimed dreamers who want to bring that childhood cloud-nine feeling back to life. Their unique style of music inspires people to let their imagination wander and the catchy indie-folk tunes encourage listeners to come up with their own understanding and interpretations of their songs.
Some of the songs are sweet, some are quietly moving (if you know what I mean) and some are powerful. All of OMAM’s songs, however, have the same stirring sensation: like you just want to climb a mountain, view the earth before you on top of the world and jump off a cliff, somehow believing strongly that there’s someone going to catch you at the bottom.
Their music is very much influenced by their homeland, infusing elements like the snow and the barred landscape into their albums. “Iceland can be a very isolated country and that translates to the music,” Hilmarsdóttir said. “We got stuck in our little world and did our own thing sonically. As long as you can sing along to it, that’s the most important thing.”
‘Little Talks’ debuted with a bang, climbing to the top of the charts in Iceland. The song is engaging in its own unheard of way, carrying an atmosphere of resounding loneliness that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Dirty Paws, a lesser known single of theirs, gives an adventurous mood…
Her dirty paws and furry coat,
She ran down the forest slope.
The forest of talking trees,
They used to sing about the birds and the bees.
Strong vocals and repeated melodies give the feeling of urgency, wanting to run for miles without stopping, laughing with all the joy in the world.
Their songs have reached millions of people around the world, filling people’s heads with the freedom of OMAM’s cryptic lyrics and beautiful melodies.
“I don’t know. We love hearing when people connect with our music and the lyrics and find their own meanings. Those are fun for us to hear. We just want people to have fun with us and hopefully get inspired themselves.”
Musik Drauma—Music of Dreams