You may have heard the dull roar echoing across the vast space of the internet in recent days that the 21st Century’s biggest champions of the banjo, Mumford & Sons, have abandoned what has widely come to be regarded their trademark instrument. It’s true: the London natives have officially hung up the banjos and sought out a new sound for their third studio album Wilder Mind, enlisting the crystalline production skills of James Ford (HAIM, Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine) in the process.
Marcus Mumford insists this change is a “development, not a departure”, and apparently it somehow came about both by design and accidentally. Whatever the road that led Mumford & Sons here, they’ve ended up in a fantastic place: the album, recorded at London’s Air Studios, has already charted at #1 and garnered extremely high praise from the likes of NME and Q Magazine, the latter of whom call it “a record marked by its elegance, pace and excitement”. Wilder Mind sees the band approaching their creative process differently, and the result is more space to lose yourself in, and less clutter within the record.
With Splendour in the Grass drawing ever closer as the mercury drops ever lower, it’s the perfect time to catch up with some firm favourites who previously played the festival in 2013. You can purchase Wilder Mind from iTunes here.