It’s been three long years since British quartet and my biggest band crush of the last half a decade, Mumford & Sons, exploded on the scene with their debut juggernaut, Sigh No More. Myself and millions of fans like me have been patiently twiddling our thumbs awaiting their next release and thankfully we don’t have to wait much longer. The aptly titled first single of their upcoming record Babel, ‘I Will Wait’ was released this Tuesday and I immediately wanted to spread the word and share it here.
Unless you’ve been living under a very un-musical rock the last few years, you already know this genius band and their addictive folksy, Americana-by-way-of-London style jams like ‘The Cave’ and ‘Little Lion Man.’ A slew of hits came off that first record which reached across the country-blues-folk-alt-rock aisles to stir up a musical movement (see my write up about The Lumineers from last week) and inspired us all to want to shout, stomp and clap along with them. Their live shows and festival appearances have become legendary for their energy, emotion and general awesomeness (see the documentary Big Easy Express for some righteous evidence). I can proudly say I’ve seen them play almost a dozen times now and each and every experience has been both gloriously exhausting and intensely fulfilling.
This new song has everything we all love about this band but still manages not to sound derivative or redundant at all. You know…that thing they so effortlessly do where the music sounds at once nostalgic and fresh. So, what can you look forward to enjoying? Hard thumping percussion – check. Slow building simmer that leads to a must-sing-along chorus -check. Heartbreakingly tender yet somehow extremely powerful vocals courtesy of Marcus Mumford – check. Perfect harmonies, intricate arrangements and a bonafide banjo onslaught…triple check. It is, to put it succinctly, exactly what I would want from a new Mumford track and exactly what you should be listening to right now.
There is no video yet since the song is so new – but you can listen to the official audio below while watching a lovely shot of asphalt rushing by which perfectly fits into the “road” themes of Babel. The album was mostly inspired by the relentless touring the band has done since 2010. So, mark your calendars for September 24th and dust off your stompin’ shoes – Mumford & Sons have returned.
See Also: ‘Lover of the Light’ and ‘Holland Road’