Mumford & Sons

There is a new sound emerging on American mainstream music charts, that is the sound of Mumford & Sons. This British folk quartet finally makes their American debut with an album that inspires and cultivates its listeners to long for a British heritage of their own. Lead singer Marcus Mumford’s voice has a crooning sound that lends its emotive capabilities nicely to the deeply passionate album filled with amorous heartache and to that of the single “White Blank Page” in particular, where he puts on display his poignant voice alone with a guitar until the song hits the second verse where a whirling string section, background vocal harmonies, and a forceful banjo pick all converge, all after Marcus went alone through a verse, chorus, and bridge. His vocal stylings are attractive in a raw manner that lend it credibility and evokes a sort of eager and attentive anticipation to listen for him to miss a note, which he never does. That is to say, that his voice is so natural, a kind of working class man’s sound, that it feels as though he won’t have the range or capability that he indeed has, which leave the listener fervent for more.

The anthem track “Winter Winds” blends an appealing rhythm section of banjo and guitar, which is arguably amiss from any and all popular music of present. The use of banjo throughout the album proves aesthetically enjoyable, especially in the single “The Cave” where the song begins and continues all the way through to a bridge with an intricate guitar pick and vocal, with light piano accents a points. However, the song builds momentum leading up to the bridge and once arriving at it, a fun, fast, folk banjo picking comes wailing in instantly inciting the listener to tap their foot and/or swing their dark-ale filled mug back and forth to the beat.

All in all, the already popular group of Europe brings a blend and taste of contemporary folk into the American mainstream that has been lacking of late. Their romantic folk ballads comprised nothing short of fun banjo and olden folk melodies offer a warmly welcomed folk perspective back into the American pop music scene.

With all of this being said, it is most important to emphasize the underground style and authentic musicianship that this band brings into a market of auto-tune and open-ended expletives. These British folksters are brings some sense of musical credibility back to the foreground of American music. They are to be applauded and stand as encouragement for anyone who wishes to do the same and has seemingly hit the wall.

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  1. […] made some waves in the US music scene. I have actually written a blog about them before, find it here. This song has reached out to me lately, as did yesterday’s song. This band’s ability […]



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