Highly Anticipated 2009 Release

I still vividly remember the first time I heard Bon Iver. After a mid February purchase, For Emma, Forever Ago dominated my stereo for the remainder of 2008, and I may have already found that group for 2009.

I cannot stop listening to this band, and searching for hidden “unreleased” tracks floating around has become my new favorite hobby.  Similar to 2008 favorites Noah and the Whale, Mumford & Sons is considered to be part of London’s “new folk revival.”  When I first listened to the tracks available on their myspace page, the band’s style immediately reminded me of a blend of Frightened Rabbit (Midnight Organ Fight was my 2nd favorite album of 2008) and North Carolinian natives The Avett Brothers.

The always enjoyable Fueled By Friends blog summed up my feelings best: “Mumford & Sons make honest, compelling music that veers towards triumphant even as they chronicle the difficult litany of life’s woes. It sounds epic and substantial while simultaneously crawling under my skin with its vulnerability.”

The band has set the bar pretty high with the early EPs, so I can’t wait to hear what the debut full length will have in store.  I can easily see this band becoming the next BIG British band.  A few friends lucky enough to see them in New York this week claim that the live experience caps it all off.  Unfortunately, YouTube is the closest option I have at the moment:

I very much envy those getting to experience the music firsthand at South By Southwest this weekend, but anxiously hope that Mumford & Sons decides to bring their banjos to Nashville in the near future. In the meantime, I strongly encourage you to download the latest EP for the time being.

2 Responses to “Highly Anticipated 2009 Release”

  1. AB Says:

    Good stuff my friend, if for no other reason than those sweet uncut guitar strings. However, considering their folksy sound, I’ll be interested to track your BIG British band prediction. Keep it coming.

  2. Alex Says:

    As one of the “lucky friends” from NYC who got to see them live – I agree completely with your sentiments on these guys. The live show was really fantastic; it was so personal and inspiring. I came home from the show and my roommates told me I was acting giddy, and I truly was, because I haven’t been that excited or impressed by a band in quite a while. I really hope they come down to Nashville for you too Mark – I know you’ll appreciate the live experience more than most.

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