Mumford And Sonsmay delve into electronics on the group's third album, saying they do not want to stand "for folk music or organic music." Speaking with Style magazine, frontman Marcus Mumford said that the group plans to change their musical style for the follow-up to 2012's smash hit sophomore CD, Babel. He explained, "We've always done what feels good, rather than what we've thought long and hard about, and we'll do whatever feels soulful next, whether that's with an electric guitar or a synthesizer."
- Band member Ben Lovett added, "It's dangerous for us to talk about what we've been discussing for the third album, but we do have greater ambitions not to just stay within certain sonic confines. We're not going to be the band that stands for folk music or organic music."
- Babel was a massive success for the band when it came out this past fall, hitting Number One on the Billboard album chart and selling 600,000 copies in its first week of release.
- Banjo player Winston Marshall told NME earlier this month that the group was already working on new material, saying, "Will we wait years for the next album? F***, no. We've just started working on new songs, got a rehearsal studio. They're bones of songs, but really exciting bones. Sturdy bones."
- Mumford And Sons will begin a short run of North American dates on February 5th in Boston.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Should Mumford And Sons change their musical style for their next album?
- If they do change, will you still want to listen to them?
- How drastically would one of your favorite groups have to change their sound before you gave up on them? Has any band done that?
INTERNET COMMENTS at NME -- agree or not?
Ben Hobson wrote: "Synthesizers do not mean electronic. Iron Maiden used synthesizers on two of their albums (Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son) and neither of them are electronic."
Arion Xenos wrote: "I would actually love this band so much if they swapped the banjo for synths. It'd be interesting, something...different."
Silvio Scarlatella wrote: "Interesting. I'd love to hear some unusual stuff by M&S."
Julia Griggs wrote: "At least they're not resting on their laurels, right?"