Mumford and Sons are set to release their new album Wilder Mind on May 4th through Glassnote Records. The follow-up to 2012’s Babel was produced by James Ford (HAIM, Arctic Monkeys) and sees the UK folk rockers adopting a new sound, swapping their banjos in favor of electric instruments. Our first official preview of this sonic evolution comes with the band’s brand new single “Believe”. Listen in below.
According to a new interview, Mumford and Sons’ fascination with electric sounds grew following a demo recording session at The National’s Aaron Dessner’s studio in Brooklyn. “It was really as a result of that [session] that we went away knowing that we’d come back to a certain sound,” frontman Marcus Mumford said. “It didn’t feel like a huge departure in some way, you know? It felt kind of natural to us. It sounds kind of like a jolt or something, but for us it was just where we were headed. We were never too heavily wedded to a certain type of instrument.”
Mumford went on to point out Wilder Mind’s notable use of space, an element that was inspired by their favorite records from Radiohead and Fleetwood Mac. “I think all our favorite bands have albums that are really urgent, but they have so much space in them,” he explained.
“You listen to an Old Crow album, and there’s not a huge amount of space there. But you listen to a Led Zeppelin album and suddenly you actually hear the space because it’s more defined by less of the noise going on. All our favorite bands, from Dire Straits and Fleetwood Mac to Radiohead, all go about it in interesting ways, and especially with a very lyrical band like ours, you have to be even more intentional about space.”
Recently, comedian Kevin Kellam took to the streets of Chicago to gauge the public’s reaction to Mumford and Sons going electric.