Big Stylistic Shift in the New Mumford & Sons Album

by Rachel Baker on May 3, 2015

The best thing about being a fan of the artists that produce some of your favorite music is watching them evolve over time. Mumford & Sons is evolving and while it appears to be a major move that could be good or bad, the band is pretty secure in the support they have from their fans.

For Mumford & Sons, dropping banjos for synths on next album is a natural move

The change is immediately evident: Almost entirely gone are the banjo, mandolins, accordion, acoustic guitars and upright bass of 2009’s “Sigh No More” and 2012’s blockbuster “Babel” albums, which collectively have sold nearly 6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Instead, rootsy instruments have given way to synthesizers, blazing electric guitars and bass-drum loops on “Wilder Mind,” a distinctly different sound expressing an expanded sense of late-night melancholy.

While a major shift like this — which now finds the band closer to the realm of British rock acts such as Coldplay, Snow Patrol and Elbow than rootsy acts and former musical brethren like the Avett Brothers and the Lumineers — may seem risky in today’s musical climate, Mumford & Sons are confident that theirs are fans who will broadly endorse all their musical instincts and not a specific sound or singular recording.

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