It seems to me that anytime a new artist breaks onto the music scene, they’re usually followed by some hype that they’ve either changed the face of music or they’ve brought a fresh sound to an established genre. Sometimes the hype is backed up by talent, most of the time the artist becomes big because our society is programmed to make a superstar out of anyone. However, for the first time in a while, I think I’ve found a band that is truly revolutionary: Mumford & Sons.
Okay, well I didn’t exactly discover them and I actually first heard their music when I saw the video on -gasp- VH1. You know, the reality show channel that, like MTV, was once a channel devoted to all things music and is now devoted to all things ridiculous? Anyway, according to Wikipedia.org the fold rock band has been together since 2007, their debut album “Sigh No More” was released in the UK 2009 and in the United States in 2010 and are up for two Grammy awards; one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Rock song for their single “Little Lion Man,” so I’m not exactly the first person to ever have heard of them. But I do think more people could benefit from listening to said debut album.
While the English band is categorized as folk rock or indie folk, there’s just something otherworldly and timeless about their sound. It has a sense of history; of a time when music was a few instruments and voices, not auto-tuned vocals and heavy beats backing up nonsensical lyrics. It sounds like what music is, what it should be. I realize this makes me sound like a music snob, so I feel I should state that I love contemporary music as much as the next person (I’ve had Katy Perry’s “Firework” stuck in my head for about a month and have loved every single minute of it) but it’s refreshing to hear a band like Mumford & Sons and realize music can be simple without being dated. “Sigh No More” is contemporary while reminding us of the past and the modern audience should not turn away from it because of its folk label.
The proof of this band’s talent is clear from the very first track of their album and carries through until the very last. This isn’t one of those albums that you find a few songs you like, especially the singles, and then skip the rest. Every single lyric has a meaning and an emotion; every song has its own unique quality that makes it enjoyable. The main theme that runs through the album is that of love both lost and found, yet there isn’t a bitterness to the failed love songs or a naive happiness to the new love ones. They all have a reality to it, as though a group of friends just got together to sing about their heartaches.
This group isn’t for everyone, but I think that anyone who enjoys music and comes to this album with an open mind is going to find themselves pleasantly surprised.
More information on Mumford & Sons and their upcoming events can be found at their official website mumfordandsons.com