Aside from keyboardist Ben Lovett looking like a stereotypical ’70s drug dealer who hangs around the disco on Thursday night before trying his pick-up lines on the ladies, it sounds like British folk rockers Mumford & Sons have a promising new single from a promising new album titled ‘Delta.’
Personally, the band’s previous album ‘Wilder Mind’ was incredible. The guitars and drums were louder when they needed to be and more controlled when they needed to be for a memorable music collection. The lyrics were fantastic and the album’s sound has staying power. Interestingly, the new single “Guiding Light” doesn’t definitively reveal a new daring sound. Nor does it confirm a return to past songs by Mumford & Sons.
And on the 14-track album ‘Delta,’ there will be plenty for us to listen to while our mind wanders to something deeply personal, imaginative and–dare I write it–wilder than what we’re expecting from Mumford & Sons?
We’ll find out on November 16 when the new album drops.
So open up my eyes
Tell me I’m alive
This is never gonna go our way
If I’m gonna have to guess what’s on your mind
Banjos still tightly locked in their cases, Mumford & Sons recently released their first single, “Believe” from their upcoming album Wilder Mind. Still a little less than two months from its full release date (May 4th) and the previously folk-driven British band has expanded their sound with a flurry of electric guitars and pounding drums in the purest sense.
“Believe” is a departure from their folk rock style in favor of a climbing rock ‘n roll modus operandi. The reason for delaying a reaction to this highly-anticipated single for a couple days was to give myself the time to listen to it at my desk, in my car and at home with enough patience to evaluate the song’s staying power.
Verdict: There is something special here.
One of the big questions that comes to mind is whether “Believe” will be a standalone rock hit or if this album is telling a story in a similar tone and that this is simply one chapter in a musical journey the band describes as a/the Wilder Mind? If Mumford & Sons wanted to be the next Ramones, they would’ve never put the banjos down. There’s no doubt the folk-inspiration and sound with the banjo is great and will always be fantastic. The banjo will likely return in future albums in some form, but this band is so much more than just that one unique instrument.