Mumford and Sons explores a new depth to their music
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Mumford and Sons, since releasing their first album in 2009, have made a name for themselves in the folk rock scene. Their sound combines the uses of each band member’s talents and instruments, utilizing the acoustic guitar, drums, piano, and banjo. Throughout the majority of their previous works, in terms of structure, Mumford and Sons have maintained a steady foundation on the use of the acoustic guitar and banjo as the grounding for which their songs are built. In their fourth studio album, however, the band and their producer Paul Epworth have decided to explore a depth that they have yet to take on. Because of this, their new album “Delta” carries with it a new complexity and explores a fresh path while still maintaining the lyrical stories and poetic style that they have come to be known for. “This album, for us, is the most varied record we’ve ever done, and there’s songs on it where I hear more neoclassical stuff on the same record as very pop stuff, rock stuff, dance stuff,” states Winston Marshall in an interview with Country music news platform ‘The Boot.’ His words ring true the more one dives into the album. The first few songs set the tone for the album, and at the halfway point, the distinction from their previous works becomes more the solidified. The song “Picture You,” even possesses very obvious elements of an EDM, or electronic dance music track.
As far as lyrical choices and meaning behind the album, Mumford and Sons bring some very deep and relational thoughts and questions to the table. The whole album seems to jump back and forth quite melodically between crying out with the desperate need for love and being the rock on which someone stands in the same position. Many of their lyrics present a relational viewpoint one could compare to a Christian relationship with God. The last track on the album, which carries the name of the album, asks the question of a love that prefers others or a love that just makes you feel good. These lyrics invoke a deep self-reflection and are comparable to many different areas of our individual lives. We as relational beings are constantly in a battle to be fully known and loved and to also fully know and love others, and Mumford and Sons provide a coherence to these thoughts throughout the scope of their album. The lyrics combined with the new production style that the band has taken on blend together in a deeper way than their previous works, and leave fans excited to experience the new territory they have taken on.