This is us
On their latest album, Mumford & Sons embrace their inner, well, Mumford & Sons
Any day now, the members of Mumford & Sons — Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall — will be
lugging their battered Globetrotter suitcases down from
their attics, dusting off their waistcoats and folding up their banjos (or wait, is it the other way round?) in order to commence a 63-date tour which will take them
to Auckland and Amsterdam, Basel and Buffalo, Cleveland and Cologne, in support of their new album, Delta. That’s right, 63.
Whatever you think of their sartorial or instrumental instincts, there’s no denying that the British folk-rock band are a phenomenon, whose popularity shows no sign of waning in the nearly 10 years since their debut
album, Sigh No More, was released. And while previous records might have tried to change things and placate the haters, with their fourth album, produced by Paul Epworth, they’re going for unabashed crescendoing choruses, soulsearching, love-struck lyrics and yes, banjos up the kazoo. And you know what? If you set aside your
snobbery it’s jolly, joyous and uplifting. Because Mumford & Sons are very good at what they do, as 63 packed stadiums around the world will shortly confirm.
Delta (Gentlemen of the Road/IslandRecords) is out on 16 November