Musings about music.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

I first came across Mumford & Sons when their song Little Lion Man appeared on the UK Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 74. I was instantly smitten with it and it's catchy chorus, "It was not your fault but mine. It was your heart on the line. I really fucked it up this time, didn’t I, my dear?”

I almost immediately went to find an LP from the band, but it wasn't out yet. I forgot that it was on it's way until I came across a copy of Sigh No More (Island Records) at the radio station and popped it in. My first response was, "wow."

Seriously, this album is really, really good.

I can honestly see this London quartet achieving success in the music scene that will surpass that of current folk. Where artists like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Noah and the Whale have started a revival of sorts to much critical acclaim though not achieving much in the way of popular success. I did, after all, find the first single on a Now! disc, which is more then I can say for most music to come from the folk scene.

Drawing inspiration from The Avett Brothers to Arcade Fire. Comparisons are abundant but you shouldn't pigeonhole this band into your standard folk. I'm greatly impressed by them and this album. Not only is it nice to listen to, but they have already created their own style that draws on their influences without mimicking them. Distinct from, but closely related to their contemporaries.

In addition front man Marcus Mumford has certainly proven the ability to write good music. Every song builds beautifully and twists into gorgeous melodies and musical compositions. The excellence of my favorite track Little Lion Man (below) is just the tip of the iceberg.

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