Mumford & Sons 'Ready to Make the Departure' on 'Babel' Follow-Up
'We really want to rap,' Marcus Mumford says, months after teasing the group could turn to electric guitars and synths.
After bringing home top prize at the Grammys and seeing their album “Babel” re-take No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Mumford & Sons are making noise about trying a different route with their third release. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mumford’s keyboardist Ben Lovett explained this possible change of sound.
"I do feel like we're ready to make the departure," Lovett says. "There's definitely cohesion between the two albums. Now that we've done that, we're not desperate to walk away from that sound, but we're willing to explore what else we could do. These two albums are like brothers. Do something that's a cousin."
What Marcus Mumford follows with however, sounds more like this album could be the Uncle Fester of the family.
"We really want to rap,” Mumford says. “We've just got so much to say – saying it through a melody doesn't really work for me. We've been talking with Jay-Z about it, you know. It's gonna be a fresh experience for our band."
Will Mumford’s colossal following support the band’s potential left turn? Most likely they’ll have to wait a bit, as banjo player Winston Marshall says, “It might take a few more years than it took to make 'Babel.'”
It's not the first time the group's aired out alternate options for their follow-up. In December, the band teased that "an electric guitar or a synthesizer" could end up on the anticipated set.