From the Mumford & Sons Official Website:

"We are more than excited to release Babel into the world. We had started writing new songs well before we got into the studio to record. At first, we peeled ourselves off the road quite reluctantly. We love playing live, obviously, but it had also become an important part of our creative process, we had been writing and rehearsing in soundchecks, and sort of ‘road-testing’ new songs on our very gracious audiences. But then we fell in love with recording again. The album started to come together, and with the help of Markus Dravs once more (and engineer Robin Baynton), we started to relish the challenge of making this album.  As a band, we’ve never been closer or more collaborative, all working to our strengths. And so we feel that this record is a natural progression that we’re proud of, and we cannot wait to take it out on the road."

Babel, the follow up to Mumford & Sons 2009 debut album Sigh No More, will be released on 24th September. The album is produced by Markus Dravs. 


  1. Babel
  2. Whispers In The Dark
  3. I Will Wait
  4. Holland Road
  5. Ghosts That We Knew
  6. Lover Of The Light
  7. Lovers’ Eyes
  8. Reminder
  9. Hopeless Wanderer
  10. Broken Crown
  11. Below My Feet
  12. Not With Haste
  13. For Those Below (Deluxe CD Bonus Track)
  14. The Boxer (Deluxe CD Bonus Track) - Jerry Douglas (feat. Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon)
  15. Where Are You Now (Deluxe CD Bonus Track)

International release dates

  • 21st September - Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg,  Ireland, Australia, New Zealand
  • 24th September - UK, South America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Spain & Italy
  • 25th September - USA and Canada
  • TBC - Japan

Click here for a high-resolution version of the Babel album cover.

Babel is now available for preorder! Click here for details

Click here to listen to “I Will Wait”, the first single released from Babel!

Click here to watch the official music video for “I Will Wait”, filmed at Red Rocks on August 28-29, 2012!


Congratulations to Mumford & Sons on their GRAMMY Nominations!

Album of the Year

  • The Black Keys, El Camino
  • Fun., Some Nights
  • Mumford & Sons, Babel
  • Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
  • Jack White, Blunderbuss

Best Rock Performance

  • Alabama Shakes, “Hold On”
  • The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
  • Coldplay, “Charlie Brown”
  • Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
  • Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care Of Our Own”

Best Rock Song

  • Jack White, “Freedom At 21”
  • Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
  • The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
  • Muse, “Madness”
  • Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care of Our Own”

Best Americana Album

  • The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
  • John Fullbright, From The Ground Up
  • The Lumineers, The Lumineers
  • Mumford & Sons, Babel
  • Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

Best Song Written for Visual Media

  • Arcade Fire, “Abraham’s Daughter” (from The Hunger Games)
  • Mumford & Sons, “Learn Me Right” (from Brave)
  • Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, “Let Me Be Your Star” (from Smash)
  • Bret McKenzie, “Man or Muppet” (from The Muppets)
  • T-Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, “Safe & Sound” (from The Hunger Games)

Producer of the Year

  • Dan Auerbach
  • Jeff Bhasker
  • Diplo
  • Markus Dravs (including his work on Mumford & Sons’ Babel)
  • Salaam Remi

Best Long Form Music Video

  • Big Easy Express

    Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show

    Emmett Malloy, video director; Bryan Ling, Mike Luba & Tim Lynch, video producers

    [S2BN Films] 
  • Bring Me Home - Live 2011


    Sophie Muller, video director; Roger Davies, Grant Jue & Sophie Muller, video producers

  • Radio Music Society

    Esperanza Spalding

    Pilar Sanz, video director; Esperanza Spalding, video producer

    [Heads Up International] 
  • Get Along

    Tegan & Sara

    Salazar, video director; Nick Blasko, Piers Henwood, Sara Quin & Tegan Quin, video producers

    [Warner Bros.] 
  • Up From the Sky Down


    Davis Guggenheim, video director; Belisa Balaban, Brian Celler, Davis Guggenheim & Ted Skillman, video producers


Angel Haze - Echelon (It’s My Way)

I think Vulture said it best when they wrote that “Echelon” is “the first single from Dirty Gold … That’s the album that will actually see release sometime soon, as opposed to [Azealia] Banks’s Broke with Expensive Taste, which has fast become the Chinese Democracy of up-and-coming female rappers.”

THIS TRUTH, you guys. Where is Broke with Expensive Taste? Can we talk about one of the tracks on it will be “212”? A song that dropped in December 2011? Just saying.

Sorry AB, but I am WAY more excited about Dirty Gold. Fuck, this track is great. It sounds so new. You might be surprised (as I was) to learn that “Echelon” was produced by Markus Dravs, the same guy who produced Mumford & Sons’ debut album and The Suburbs by Arcade Fire. If the rest of Dirty Gold sounds anything like this, it’s going to be fantastic.

Anyway, I could write all sorts of things about how Andrew and I have been preaching the gospel of Angel Haze for months years now, but instead I’ll just say I’m in that brand-new Murcielago, on my way out to Cabo, riding beside a baddie that’s never once left Toronto.

(ahh haha hah haha h). (e heheh e e… oh ho oh hbaby. …) trapped in a prism, in a prison of light, alone in the darkness, darkness of white, WE FELL IN LOVE, a lunar on the stage, and their effective age. entréw me maoaoiui, mai ioiorukand.?? ?D? ?? ?D/ d viviva/ ?? cinema /? ??? IF THISI SI HEAVEN, i don’t know what it’s for, if fuck and find you dfare, i can’t fcare. i THOUGHT… I’VE GOUND a way to enter. (it’s just a reflektor)( reflekftor. I THOUGHT… I’VE FOUND THE CONNECTOR! (it’s just a reflekcotr) just a refkelecotr. now, signals we sent, are defelcted again. we’re so connected, but are we even fvriends? we fall in love whne i was 19 and now w’ere staring at a screen. entréá mma o iiioaoioi a usisie fcrnehrf french?!??!??? IF THIS IS HEAVEN, i need somehting more, jsut ap lace to be alone, to my harrt. I THOUGHT… I’#ve found a way to enter. (it’s just a eflketor) just a refllektor. I HTOUGHT… IV’VE FOUND THE CONNECTOR! (it’s just a eflekecltor) just a reflkelecot) just a reflektlr) UURRRRRR (jsut a reflektor) just a reflektor. (it’s just a reflektor) just a reflektor)( iut’s just a reflekto0) just a reflektor. REFLEKTOR. just a reflektor. just REFLEKTOR (just a relfektor) just a reflektlro ( jusr a rrelfkektor) REFLEKTOR. jsut a reflkfeor. just a reflektor. just a REFLEKTOR (just a relfkeltor) just a reflektor (just a REFLEKTO) jsut a REFLEITON of a REFLEITUION or a A RELFKTIOon of a A REFLEKTION. ahhh. but i SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIIIIDE ( just a relfkftor)( Y’ALL FOGT THINGS TO HIDE (just a relfktor) just A RELFKEITON of a refleKRITON of a a RELFEKTION of a REFLEKTIONC… ahh, BUT I SEE YOUO N THEO THER SIDE( just a relfketor) y’alL GOT THINGS TO HIDE ( juxs a relfketo) jET’S go bakc. what’s on your skin? little silver disks? our love is plastic, and breakinfg th o bits. i rwant ot break fre,e but the world it break me ,DOW NDONW ONDWO Nondown odnwo ODN’T MESS AORUND I THOUGHT… IV’E VGOUDN A WAY TO ENTER 1( just a relfktor) just a relfktor. I THOUGHT… I’VE FOUND THE CONNECTOR! (it’s just a relfktor) just a relfkeltrop it’s just a relfkortuhhhhhhhhhhhh (just a reflketor) Just a refkeltorko. (ahhh( (it’s juas ta relfkektor )J ust a relfkeltlro (it’s just a reflektor) just a reflekotrrrrr. FUCKING WAY IN THE RESSUCRROTOE UTNRS OUT IT EWAS JUST A RELFKEOCOT) THOGUT HWYOU WRRE BRINGING YTO THRE RERWSUSSUR4DGTOR, TURNS OUT IT WAS JUST A RELFKETOR. THOGUHRT YLU WRFE BRINGIGN OT THE TRERSSURECTOR, THRURNS OUT IT WAJS UST A RELFVKEOT. JUST A RELEKFOTR. JUST A RELEKFTORRRR. Ahhhhh. ah. shshsh. it’s just qa RELFKETORRRR. (ah.) just A RELEKTORRRR. just A RELFKELTORRR. i SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE. 9Uhhha hahhhh, so whaaaaaal) jUST A RELEFKTORRRoroRORorr. AHH. SI SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE. (reflEKTORRRRRRRRRR) on the other siiiiiiiiide. Y’ALL GOT THINGS TO HIDE (REFLEKTORRRRRRRRRRRRRRR) REFLEKTorrrrrrrrr. just a relfketorrrrroururururururururrrurururururururururururu, mooooooooooo. rwuwruwruruuru r(y’ALLLLLLLLLL, SO daaaaaaaaaaaaaa) BUT SHEEP ON THER OSHRRTE SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE (MAAAAAAAAAH) (aAaAaAaAaaa) jsut a relfketo just a relflkrot kkrkelefio torof.

– Reflektor, Arcade Fire


Coldplay played at the Rock am Ring Festival (Germany) on June 4th and last Saturday at Pinkpop (Netherlands)  They premiered 5 new songs of their upcoming album which will be released in autumn this year.

Their new album is produced by Brian Eno, Markus Dravs (Sign No more - Mumford and Sons) and engineer Rik Simpson (Jay-Z, Portishead, Kasabian and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

Charlie Brown: (Pinkpop)
Mayor Minus: (Rock Am Ring Festival)
NEW SINGLE: Every Teardrop is a waterall (Rock Am ring Festival):
Hurts like heaven: (Rock Am ring Festival)
Us against the world: (Rock Am ring Festival)

It’s GRAMMY day! While many of you will tune in to support Mumford & Sons on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on CBS, many more of you are in other countries and are unable to watch the show live.

But now everyone can watch the awards ceremony! Here are two different CBS worldwide live-streams for you to choose from:

Coverage begins at 8:00 PM EST. Click here to convert to your own time zone.

There’s more…

Be sure to click over to for an exclusive multi-screen live-stream with backstage and pre-ceremony coverage:

  • 3-8 PM EST: GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet
  • 4-6:30 PM EST: Pre-Telecast Ceremony
  • 8-11:30 PM EST: 55th GRAMMY Awards Multi-Screen Experience
  • 11:30 PM-1 AM EST: 2013 Grammy Celebration

Finally, be sure to follow Mumford & Sons Blog all day long for photos, interviews, and much more.

Good luck Mumford & Sons!

The Suburbs
  • The Suburbs
  • Arcade Fire
  • The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Es gibt einfach Leute, denen man Erfolg von ganzem Herzen gönnt. Arcade Fire gehören mit Sicherheit dazu. Gestern bekamen die sympathischen Kanadier in Los Angeles den Grammy für das beste Album des vergangenen Jahres verliehen - und das vollkommen zurecht! Nach ihren großartigen Alben The Funeral und Neon Bible, die bis heute von Kritikern in höchsten Tönen gelobt werden, haben sie mit The Suburbs nun endlich den ganz großen (kommerziellen) Erfolg verbuchen können. Von Zahlreichen Magazinen, Blogs, Polls, usw. schon zum Album des Jahres gekürt worden, zeigt nun der Grammy, dass die wunderbare Musik von Arcade Fire scheinbar endlich beim breiten Publikum angekommen ist. (Hier ihre Dankesperformance)

Bereits mit dem Titelsong The Suburbs (Video von Spike Jonze) wird klar, dass es sich hier nicht um ein Allerweltsalbum handelt. Produzent Markus Dravs, der bereits auf der Neon Bible mit der Band zusammengearbeitet hatte und im vergangenen Jahr mit dem Album Sigh No More der englischen Band Mumford & Sons einen weiteren internationalen Erfolg verbuchen konnte, schafft es, einen Sound zu kreieren, der den Stärken der Band gerecht wird. Die breiten Arrangements der sieben Musiker wirken immer klar strukturiert, ohne dabei künstlich zu klingen. Der Gesang Win Butlers fügt sich nahtlos ein und rundet das Album zu einem wunderbaren Klangerlebnis ab.

Wunderbar schaffen es Arcade Fire die Musik mit den Texten zu kombinieren. Die Erinnerungen an das Leben in der Vorstadt beinhalten sowohl die schönen Seiten, als auch die Frustration, die Langeweile - aber auch die Hoffnung auf mehr.

So can you understand?
Why I want a daughter while I’m still young
I wanna hold her hand
And show her some beauty
Before this damage is done

Nach dem getragenen Beginn zieht das Tempo bei Ready to Start ein wenig an. Auffällig sind hier ungewohnte, elektronische Effekte, die das Stück aber in keiner Form verfremden sondern lediglich ergänzen und somit interessanter machen.

Now you’re knocking at my door
Saying please come out against the night
But I would rather be alone
Than pretend I feel alright

If the businessmen drink my blood
Like the kids in art school said they would
Then I guess I’ll just begin again
You say can we still be friends

Es ist schwierig aus diesem 70minütigen Album einzelne Songs herauszustellen, man könnte dieses Album eine Woche lang besprechen. Sehr untypisch für die Band ist mit Sicherheit Sprawl II (Mountais Beyond Mountains), dass mit einem Indie/Dance-Beat daherkommt, den man bei Arcade Fire vorher noch nie in der Form gesehen hat.

Die Ballade Suburban War schließt an den Titelsong an, legt aber den Schwerpunkt mehr auf das Erinnern als auf die eigentlichen Erinnerungen, während bei Month of May wieder die rauen Töne im Vordergrund stehen.

With my old friends I can remember when
You cut your hair, I never saw you again
Now the cities we live in could be distant stars
And I search for you in every passing car

Man glaubt ihnen einfach, dass sie Spaß daran haben, Alben zu machen, mit den Menschen über die Musik in Verbindung (hier direkt) zu treten. Die digitale Version des Albums, die es zur Platte natürlich gratis dazu gibt, beinhaltet bei itunes die Lyrics sowie wechselnden Covers als nettes Gimmick. Des Weiteren wurde ein interaktives Video von We Used to Wait veröffentlicht.

We used to wait for it
Now we’re screaming
Sing the chorus again

I used to wait for it
Hear my voice screaming
Sing the chorus again

Alles in allem ein Album, dass sich fast schon als perfekt bezeichnen lässt, von dem man auch in zehn Jahren noch sprechen wird.


Little Green Cars are a quintet from Dublin whose simple and honest approach to song-writing has them on the map to watch in 2013. Their debut album produced by Markus Dravs (Mumford and Sons) features a strong emphasis on vocals and harmonies, highlighted in this track “John Wayne.” Stay tuned for the US release of  their debut record Absolute Zero in March and check them out during Coachella in April. 


Inside the folk-rockers’ second album, due out September 25th

July 16, 2012 2:00 AM ET
Photo by Rebecca Miller

Since releasing their sleeper-hit debut LP, Sigh No More, in 2009, Mumford & Sons have barely stopped touring – circling the globe multiple times in three years. “It’s been tough,” says bassist Ted Dwane. “We’re all in relationships in London, and it’s hard to be away from our families. But for us, this is an absolute dream come true.” And the folk rockers are heading right into the next phase: Their second LP, Babel, hits stores on September 25th, and this summer they launch their biggest tour yet.

Mumford & Sons wrote the majority of the LP on their tour bus and during soundchecks over the past two years. “The road has rubbed off into the album,” Dwane says. “It’s full of aliveness.” While they knocked out their first album in just five weeks, they’ve spent a full year and a half recording the follow-up, mostly due to their busy touring schedule. Sigh No More producer Markus Dravs (who has also worked with Coldplay and Arcade Fire) returned for the sessions, joining the band at four different studios throughout its native England. “Being away so much for the last couple of years is inevitably a theme on the record,” Dwane says, “because it’s something that we’ve all shared.”

Photos: Mumford & Sons Take America

Expect heavier emotions this time around. “You might hear a little bit more of a slight flavor of darkness on a couple songs,” Dravs adds. “My Love Don’t Fade Away” and “Ghosts That We Knew,” which the band has been playing live for months, are desperate pleas for companionship in rough times; on “Below My Feet,” frontman Marcus Mumford seems to mourn a loved one, howling, “For all my sweat, my blood runs weak.” And the band rocks harder than ever on “Lover of the Light,” packing the arrangement with horns, distorted banjo and rollicking drums.

But Mumford made sure not to stray too far from the earnest, mostly acoustic approach that made them stars. “The ingredients are very much the same: the four core instruments and a lack of a drummer, which can give it that strange, simple, unique sort of sound,” Dwane says. “I don’t think we were looking to be too crazy and experimental.” Adds Dravs, “The idea was always ‘If it ain’t broke, why fix it?’”

Beginning August 1st in Hoboken, New Jersey, the group will take the new songs on a 15-date summer U.S. tour, including two sold-out gigs at Colorado’s Red Rocks. “The main challenge we’ve faced as a band in the last year is working out how to play these larger audiences and keep it feeling like our show,” says Dwane. “A lot of the time, if you go into an arena, they’re pretty uninspiring. But we try to create an atmosphere.” In between gigs, the bandmates will play four of what they call “Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers” – staging their own outdoor festivals in small cities like Portland, Maine, and Bristol, Tennessee, with friends including Dawes, St. Vincent and Justin Townes Earle, plus local food and retailers. “Basically, we wanted to take all of the things we love from the smaller festivals like Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado,” says Dwane. “So many festivals now are just so enterprising, and it’s all about cutting every corner.”

Mumford & Sons are feeling energized now that their singer has recovered from a broken hand sustained in June, which forced them to cancel two U.K. festival dates. “It was bad,” says Dwane. “Everyone was like, ‘Fuck, you know, this is really bad.’ But he’s just about back on top. Looking back at this last few weeks, the spirit is uncrushable. Everyone just mans up. Everyone gets on with it.”

Babel track list:
"Whispers in the Dark"
"I Will Wait"
"Holland Road"
"Ghosts That We Knew"
"Lover of the Light
"Lovers’ Eyes"
"Hopeless Wanderer"
"Broken Crown"
"Below My Feet"
"Not With Haste"

Click through to see Mumford & Sons’ upcoming tour dates. Please note that the September 25th release date is for the USA only. All other release dates can be found here.

Mumford And Sons Set To Release Babel

Mumford & Sons have just announced the details of their forthcoming second album, Babel. The album will be released through Glassnote Records and made available in the US on September 25th, 2012.

We are more than excited to release Babel into the world. We had started writing new songs well before we got into the studio to record. At first, we peeled ourselves off the road quite reluctantly. We love playing live, obviously, but it had also become an important part of our creative process, we had been writing and rehearsing in soundchecks, and sort of ‘road-testing’ new songs on our very gracious audiences. But then we fell in love with recording again. The album started to come together, and with the returning contribution of producer Markus Dravs and engineer Robin Baynton, we started to relish the challenge of making this album. As a band, we’ve never been closer or more collaborative, all working to our strengths. And so we feel that this record is a natural progression that we’re proud of, and we cannot wait to take it out on the road.” - Mumford & Sons

Babel follows the 2009 release of Mumford & Sons’ debut album, Sigh No More The album will be available to pre-order through the band’s website starting the 23rd of July.

Babel Tracklisting:
1.       Babel
2.       Whispers In The Dark
3.       I Will Wait
4.       Holland Road
5.       Ghosts That We Knew
6.       Lover Of The Light
7.       Lovers’ Eyes
8.       Reminder
9.       Hopeless Wanderer
10.   Broken Crown
11.   Below My Feet
12.   Not With Haste

Mumford & Sons will continue their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Shows this Summer in America, and have announced a tour of Australia and New Zealand for later in the year.

Mumford & Sons Live:
1st August - Hoboken, New Jersey SOLD OUT
4th August - Portland, Maine (Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Show with Mumford & Sons + St. Vincent, Dawes, The Maccabees, Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Haim) SOLD OUT
6th August - Providence Performing Arts Centre, Providence, Rhode Island SOLD OUT
7th August - Marvin Sands Performing Arts, Canandaigua, New York
9th August - nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth, Virginia
11th August - Bristol, Tennessee (Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Show with Mumford & Sons + Dawes, JEFF The Brotherhood, The Very Best, Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Justin Townes Earl, Haim) SOLD OUT
13th August - Louisville Waterfront Park, Louisville, Kentucky
14th August - The LC Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio SOLD OUT
18th August - Dixon, Illinois (Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Show with Mumford & Sons + Gogol Bordello, Dawes, Abigail Washburn, The Very Best, Apache Relay, Haim) SOLD OUT
20th August - Pinewood Bowl Theatre, Lincoln, Nebraska SOLD OUT
21st August - Gryphon Theatre, Laramie, Wyoming SOLD OUT
22nd August - The Saltair, Magna, Utah
25th August - Monterey, California (Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Show with Mumford & Sons + Gogol Bordello, The Very Best, Apache Relay, Haim) SOLD OUT
28th August - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado SOLD OUT
29th August - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado SOLD OUT
1st September - Aspen Jazz Festival, Aspen, Colorado
13th October - Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth
15th October - Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
17th October - Riverstage, Brisbane
18th October - Entertainment Centre, Sydney
23rd October - Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart
25th October - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
26th October - Royal Theatre, Canberra
28th October - Kuranda Amphitheatre, Cairns
29th October - Convention Centre, Townsville
31st October - Convention Centre, Gold Coast
2nd November - Vector Arena, Auckland
4th November - Town Hall, Wellington
6th November - CBS Arena, Christchurch

Original Article

Mumford and Sons Announce New Album

Mumford & Sons has been constantly touring the globe since the release of their debut album, Sigh No More. They are thrilled to finally release the name and release date of their second LP album, Babel, which will hit shelves on September 25th.

The British rockers are set to continue touring through August on their “Gentlemen of the Road Stopover” tour. The band will visit the United States in early August and will hit four cities in four weekends including Portland, ME, Bristol, VA, Dixon, IL, and Monterey, CA.

Mumford and Sons produced the majority of Babel on their tour bus while road tripping from city to city. “The road has rubbed off into the album,” said bassist Ted Dwane. “It’s full of aliveness.” Sigh No More took just five weeks to record but Babel has been in the works for almost two years due to their heavy schedule.

The album is expected to dig deeper into the musician’s lives and release a sense of emotion from the Englishmen. All of them are in relationships in London and have ties to their families. Being on tour really took a toll on their mental states and they release their thoughts and feelings in Babel. In “Below My Feet”, frontman Marcus Mumford recognizes a loved one, expressing grief as he sings, “for all my sweat, my blood runs weak.”

The band did to not stray far from their original music style. The key ingredients, four core instruments and a lack of a drummer, give them their unique sound. “I don’t think we were looking to be too crazy and experimental,” said producer Markus Dravs. “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”

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