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Mumford and Sons (Pic: James Minchin III)
Mumford and Sons (Pic:  James Minchin III)
Mumford and Sons (Pic: James Minchin III)

See? We TOLD you they weren’t packing it in.

Mumford & Sons have released details of the third album, which will be released on May 4. It’s called Wilder Mind, it’s twelve songs long and it’s the result of sessions at London’s Air Studios with Florence + the Machine producer James Ford.

But that’s all by the by when you consider that it will be the first Mumford album that features neither a pounding four-to-the-floor solo bass drum or bluegrass banjo licks.

In an album press release, Marcus Mumford explained that this new approach came from working up new material on tour, and then making demos at the Brooklyn studio of Aaron Dessner from the National.

“Towards the end of the Babel tour, we’d always play new songs during soundchecks, and none of them featured the banjo, or a kick-drum. And demoing with Aaron meant that, when we took a break, we knew it wasn’t going to involve acoustic instruments.

“We didn’t say: ‘No acoustic instruments.’ But I think all of us had this desire to shake it up. The songwriting hasn’t changed drastically; it was led more by a desire to not do the same thing again. Plus, we fell back in love with drums! It’s as simple as that.”

Bandmate and keyboard player Ben Lovett adds: “It felt completely natural, though, like it did when we started out. It was very much a case of, if someone was playing an electric guitar, drums were going to complement that best; and, sonically, it then made sense to add a synth or an organ.

“We chose instruments that played well off each other, rather than consciously trying to overhaul it.”

Mumford and Sons - 'Wilder Mind'

Mumford & Sons release their new single “Believe” on April 27.

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By Fraser McAlpine