Mumford & Sons have just announced that the first single from the forthcoming album, Babel, will be released the afternoon of August 7th, assuming the band is able to keep it under lock and key ’til then.
The band says of the album, “At first, we peeled ourselves off the road quite reluctantly.We love playing live, obviously, but it had also become an important part ofour 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.”
Over the past two months, Mumford & Sons have been spotted road-testing their material throughout the Eastern U.S. at incredibly small off-the-beaten-path bars and clubs. “I heard Mumford was playing a bar outside Nashville and I just happened to be in the city so I hopped in a taxi,” recounts KROQ-FM’s Gene Sandbloom. “I found myself on the edge of town at a place called The Basement with a few dozen people.”
“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,” says Mumford in a statement.
The band has not yet released which of the following twelve tracks will be the have the honor of being the first single.
Whispers In The Dark
I Will Wait
Ghosts That We Knew
Lover Of The Light
Below My Feet
Not With Haste
Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Shows continue this summer as they near Babel‘s September 25th release.
Folk/rock quartet Mumford & Sons earn top Rock Album applause for a second consecutive year, although with a different leading title than last year. Babel is 2012’s No. 1 Rock Album, highlighted by a debut week of 600,000 copies sold (Oct. 13), marking the largest sales frame for a rock act since 2008. In 2011, the group topped the year-end Rock Albums survey with Sigh No More. The act is the first since Billboard began crowning a yearly top Rock Album in 2006 to manage back-to-back No. 1 rankings. _____
At last. Here it is ladies and gents, and we’re well excited for you all to hear it. Whether it’s what you expected, what you hoped or what you dreaded, or none of those things, we’re happy with it so here it is. We are proud, elated, and impatient to share it with you. “Two albums” sounds much better than “one album” innit….
M, B, T & W x
Get the standard or deluxe edition of Babel from iTunes or order the CD/deluxe CD or 12” vinyl from the Official Webstore.
Can’t believe I haven’t posted this here - the album cover for Dwellings by Cormorant. It was a super fun job from a couple of years ago. They requested something heavily Bruegel influenced and I was very happy to oblige. Most of the elements refer to lyrics in the songs!
Random Mumford and Sons Fact #92835: The Gentlemen of the Road documentary series was released in December 2010 as part of the Sigh No More Deluxe Edition. If you listen closely you can hear various pieces from the future album Babel (2012) both lyrically and instrumentally. Plus, if you haven’t watched this or rewatched it in a while, you are sorely missing out!
Catch Whispers in the Dark in part 1 at 2:06, To Darkness, which would later become Broken Crown in part 2 at 2:17, Below My Feet in part 4 at :30, and Holland Road in part 5 at 4:29. Plus a ton more. See if you can spot them all here ♥
PS: If you have been a long time fan and are overemotional (hi! me!) prepare for the feels and get some tissues