The London band have taken inspiration from Mumford's other projects.
Mumford & Sons have a new album well on the way, and they now unveil a taster in the form of first single 'Believe' - an instant download with all album pre-orders and a significant deviation from the modern 'folk rock' style that made them famous.
Mumford & Sons return with new single 'Believe'
'Believe' is taken from third album 'Wilder Mind' and already gives us some idea that we shouldn't expect material like what we saw in debut album 'Sigh No More' and 2012's number one 'Babel'. This album has been recorded at Air Studios in London and has been produced by James Ford, whose previous work includes that of Arctic Monkeys, HAIM and Florence & The Machine.
A Week in Videos...The popularity of Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been on a slow burning rise for some months now. Taken from their forthcoming second album, helpfully entitled II, ‘So Good At Being In Trouble’ sees the band in a particularly catchy mode, a lilting melody lifting the trademark stoner vibe. The video features the actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse (you’ll know him as McLovin’ from the movie Superbad) causing a scene and trying to snatch a hippy from a scene that could well be set in a 1960s era Venice Beach.
In this video, Nina Simone talks about freedom and love, before the film cuts to a grainy performance of her performing ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.’ One of music’s legendary performers, Simone’s rendition of the song showcases her warm and passionate vocal. On the subject of freedom, Simone insists that she couldn’t possibly describe how it feels to be free, just as much as its impossible to describe the feeling of being in love. To hear her perform the track, though, you get just a glimpse of what freedom might feel like.
There seems to be a growing trend for well-known frontmen to indulge in a bit of moonlighting. In the last year alone we've seen The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard release their debut solo records. Add to that the likes of Thom Yorke, Dan Auerbach and Brian Fallon all finding alternative outlets for their creative urges, and what once seemed like a novelty now seems to be the norm. The fact that it's taken My Morning Jacket's Jim James 15 years to join the party is perhaps no surprise; he's never been the most conventional of souls.
Yet, discounting his George Harrison tribute EP, Regions Of Light And Sound Of God is James' full-length solo debut. It justifies its existence by doing many things that a My Morning Jacket record would struggle to. It skips between genres not through indecisiveness, but rather through a stream of creative ideas all struggling for prominence. None of the 9 tracks here feel as if they've been rescued from an earlier aborted attempt, and that's primarily due to the loose thematic tactic that James has chosen to employ.
His inspiration is an obscure 1929 collection of woodcuts called God's Man. Although that means many of the compositions have a sepia tinged nostalgia to them, James doesn't let that restrain his creativity. Having been freed from the band dynamic there's also less need for particular instruments to play an obligatory part in each song, leaving much of what's here sounding more delicate and fragile (the instrumental 'Exploding' is one example), but also more diverse than you'd expect.
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