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In the Post #24: Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More

 
By on Wednesday, 16th September 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Mumford and Sons (album cover)Mumford and Sons are just one part of the London folk-clique which has also turned out the likes of Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale (whose new album we just happened to review last week) over the past couple of years. Following on from the success of their first three E.Ps, next month shall see the quartet finally release their complete debut album, ‘Sigh No More’.

Perhaps what makes Mumford and Sons stand out from the rest of their fellow city folksters is the fact their music takes on an extremely endearing nostalgic sound. Taking tips from American-rooted bluegrass, the quartet’s music radiates a real warmth with a complimentary ‘Southern’ twang. To label this band the British Fleet Foxes would be an understatement – heck, it would be incorrect, even. While the band often take on those similarly operatic harmonies as the Foxes (check out ‘Sigh No More’ and ‘Timshel’), Mumford and Sons’ music sounds, well, a whole lot more genuine. The band don’t just stick to plain ol’ acoustics, but revel in the country-twang of banjo, dobros, and the hearty-thuds of double bass when building their Carter Family-esque soundscape. They are incredibly cheery and uplifting – listen to the Irish-folk of ‘Winter Winds’. It’s just impossible for this homely, rich music to not put a smile on your face.

Frontman Marcus Mumford possesses a real-roughly textured voice, which is perfectly matched for the band’s foot-stomping music. ‘Roll Away Your Stone’s’ banjo-explosion is an absolute joy to listen to. ‘White Blank Page’ and ‘I Gave You All’ may start out like cliché acoustic ballads, yet the Sons manage to pull them back into their glorious world of bluegrass by swiftly injecting wholesome instrumental and vocals back into the tracks. Similarly, while ‘Little Lion Man’ may have lyrics fit for a rubbish indie song (“It was not your fault but mine, and it was your heart on the line, I really f***ed it up this time, didn’t I dear?”), the Americana vibes penetrating from the track still make it a folk-fan’s dream.

It’s odd to think that Mumford and Sons are just four young lads from London, rather than a group of Texas musical-making hillbillies. Really, readers, I defy you to not want to put on a check shirt and rodeo the night away throughout this whole album. Admittedly, Mumford and Sons’ nostalgic bluegrass may not be for all – but boy, you can’t deny they do a good job of it. Some may find the band’s sound uninteresting, nor particularly innovative, but if you appreciate music, you should appreciate this album.

Mumford and Sons‘ debutalbum, Sigh No More, is out on October 5th. Pre-order from Amazon now

 

Review: Mumford and Sons – The Cave and The Open Sea

 
By on Monday, 16th March 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Mumford & Sons (side)The latest work from London based anti-folk heroes ‘Mumford and Sons‘, is one of their most uplifting and best to date. Although they are placed within the emerging London folk scene, there is something unique and magical about the four piece.

‘The cave and the open sea’ arrives with an intoxicating subtle guitar line that compliments vocalist ‘Marcus Mumford’ perfectly. With the addition of piano underneath, the cascading drums and banjo it is a song hard not to warm too. Especially towards the end when singer (Marcus) vocals become so passionate that they nearly reach breaking point. The song builds to a momentous ending that is as close to pop perfection that folk can get.

Due for release on 6th April on limited edition 10″ vinyl and download. Be sure to hear Mumford and Sons before everyone else does.

For fans of: Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale, Beirut and Woody Guthrie.
Like this? Maybe Try: Alessi’s Ark, Jay Jay Pistolet and Derek Meins.

 

Daily Roundup: 5th December

 
By on Friday, 5th December 2008 at 10:32 pm
 

I know, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.

First up, following on from Mike‘s posts about his tips for BBC’s Sound of 2009 competition (part 1 here, part 2 here), they’ve announced the longlist, which features no less than FIVEartists we have already featured on TGTF. The longlist sees Dan Black (who we featured here and here, and is pictured, right), Florence and the Machine (who we introduced here), La Roux (who we introduced here), White Lies (who we gave details of their tour here).  VV Brown has also been tipped in comments around the site too. On the longlist, they’re joined by:The Big Pink, Empire of the Sun, Frankmusik, Kid Cudi, Lady GaGa, Little Boots, Master Shortie, Mumford & Sons, Passion Pit and The Temper Trap.

Phew, there’s a lot of new music there! To conteract the newness of those, we bring you an oldie but a goldie: Tom Jones, but as you’ve never seen him before….

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If that’s not some clever CGI, I don’t know what is…

Our friends over at Gig Junkie have pointed out that they have a lot of pretty amazing competitions going at the moment – if times are tight for you, pop on over and enter a competition or two – they have the chance to win tickets to see Kings of Leon, VIP style.

It seems rather a lot of you love Nickelback (pictured, right, and who incidentally are on tour next year… see my seamless link there?), so you might want to check out some exclusive tracks they played in the USA recently. I’ve had “Gotta Be Somebody” stuck in my head recently, and got to admit that slowly they’re getting under my skin!

Our friends over at Winston’s Zen have just posted their new monthy Zen list of all things great and free in MP3 land – check it out and have a listen.

Right, I think that’s it for tonight… I’m off to have a listen to those of the BBC Sound of 2009 longlist nominees that I don’t know much about, and Winston’s Zen’s new MP3s….

 
 
 

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