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Icelandic Actress Takes Lead in New Of Monsters and Men Video

Icelandic indie folk-pop band Of Monsters and Men released a lyric video of sorts for their song “Black Water.”

The video features Guðrún Gísladóttir, a renown actress from the band’s home country. “Black Water” comes off of their latest album Beneath the Skin, released last summer.


The video for “Black Water,” shot in black and white, is as simple and effective as the song. The actress stands in front of a black backdrop while she sings and acts out the lyrics to the song. Drenched, alone and–as the video progresses–panting for breath, Gísladóttir brings life to the despair and subtle hope of someone lost at sea; which stands in as a metaphor of someone being in an overwhelming situation where they are, metaphorically speaking, drowning.

The lyrics even suggest a welcoming of the troubles: “The strange silence surrounding me grows closer, feels colder/ But I’m ready to suffer the sea/ Black water, take over,” co-singer Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson sings before lead vocalist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir answers, “Swallowed by a vicious, vengeful sea, darker days are raining over me.”

Gísladóttir, toward the end of the video, goes against the lyrics of welcoming the situation as she makes swimming motions as if trying to surface.

The band is currently on a worldwide tour, which includes a performance at Coachella music and arts festival and a June 7 show, locally, at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, M.A.

Recently, the band took a night off from performing to catch the Los Angeles premiere Games of Thrones’ sixth season. The band is making a cameo appearance in the show’s latest season.

Juan Siliezar
the authorJuan Siliezar
Juan is a Providence, R.I.-based writer who contributes to the modern rock section. Juan is an avid writer, reader and lover of simple things. Besides music, his interest lies in education. He writes grant proposals for a Boston education nonprofit and was a contributing writer at Noodle Education.

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