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Of Monsters & Men 'Crystals' Music Video: Iceland at Forefront of Stunning 'Beneath the Skin' Clip



Of Monsters and Men continue to prep for the release of its new album Beneath the Skin, and the folk rock band has tapped into its home country for the record's first music video: "Crystals."

Released today (May 11) over at Entertainment Weekly, the music video for "Crystals" featured a cast and crew all from Of Monsters and Men's native Iceland.

"Working with Icelandic directors and an Icelandic crew was a new and enjoyable thing for us. Being able to communicate in Icelandic made this a relaxed experience. Now it's time to share the video with the world and we hope people like it," the band said in a statement.

Falling in line with fellow Icelandic rock acts Björk and Sigur Ros, the visual for "Crystals" has an other-worldly, fantastical plot. In the video, Of Monsters and Men singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir plays a shining elf, leading her elven bandmates in a journey to dig up dust and rocks for some sort of otherworldly creature, who ends the video by revealing his own "crystal eyes," as detailed in the song's lyrics.

Even if the plot feels a little muddled, the visual is stunning as well as the song.

Watch the new music video for Of Monsters and Men's "Crystals" below, or head over to EW.

"Crystals" is the lead single from Of Monsters and Men's new album Beneath the Skin, which is due for release on June 9. The new album will be the band's follow-up to its 2011 debut record My Head Is An Animal, which spawned the hit singles "Little Talks," "Mountain Sound" and "King and Lionheart."

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