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Mumford & Sons, the British folk rock band that has conquered the heart of many during the last couple of years, has confirmed the release date of their second long-waited album, Babel. Multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett said in an interview with 3FM backstage at the Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands “We finished the record this week.
We hope to get it out in September. We just figured that out, September 24.” The date has then been confirmed; Babel will be produced by Markus Dravs, and it will contain twelve new tracks, including ‘Ghosts That We Know’ and ‘Lover of the Light’ tracks currently played by the band during their live performances, which give the listeners the best of hopes for the upcoming album.
Mumford & Sons released their debut album, Sigh No More, in 2009 in the U.K. and Europe, and in 2010 in the U.S. and Canada. The fascinating sounds of the tracks, together with the substance of the lyrics, rapidly allowed Mumford & Sons to acquire a privileged place in the music scene, as well as an exceptional commercial success.
The feelings of the debut album are expected to be in the band’s second coming as well. Lovett confirmed that the band has stayed faithful to the sounds expressed in Sigh No More saying to 3FM “There’s similarities, yeah, nothing’s really changed in our dynamic as a band. We write songs together and they’re very much based in our experiences. The instruments are pretty much the same, except for a few we’ve picked up along the way. For the most part, it’s a progression. We don’t want to reinvent ourselves.”
Another thing to expect in the Babel is the perfectionism that characterizes the band. Before the announcement of the release date, Lovett told NME about the upcoming album, “We’re done recording it, but if we listen back while we’re mixing and discover it’s shit, we’ll just start again.”
Perfection is a peculiar feature of this band; not only researched in the records, it is fully expressed during live performances. The level of precision in execution is astonishing. The band, which gained a couple of new instrumentalists to help on the current tour, due to Marcus Mumford’s hand injury, is able to express the beauty of its musical art through perfect cohesion and deep involvement during live performances. Pure joy for the ears and the soul. Mumford & Sons have been touring Europe and are soon headed to the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. For the complete list of tour dates, click here.
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