New Album for the New Season
MUMFORD AND SONS' Babel album review
Published: Friday, October 5, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 5, 2012 03:10
With the transition from summer to fall, the transition from upbeat, summer party beats to sultry, indie-folk, fall music takes place as well. Mumford and Sons’ new album Babel, released on September 25th, brings forth the soundtrack to the 2012 autumn season. It has already made its radio debut with the hit single “I Will Wait,” which premieres the calming theme for this time of year. The British group creates an aura of serenity through their folky instruments and Marcus Mumford’s recognizably raspy, but lovely, voice. The album is perfect for a study session in the park, a head-clearing stroll, or to simply de-stress. These British boys can make any day one of inspiration, relaxation and contentment with this album.
Mumford and Sons keep their trademark indie-folk sound intact with their uncommon and traditional instruments such as the banjo, accordion, and mandolin, infused with the more commonly recognized sounds of the acoustic guitar and keyboard. The balance between the two instrument types creates an ambiance of mellow beauty that invokes a smile and a sense of nostalgia. The track “Hopeless Wanderer” mixes the mandolin, acoustic guitar, keyboard and soothing vocals together to create an image of bliss for the listener.
The album debuts tracks that are light and frivolous, while also including ones more somber and romantic. The variety keeps the album interesting and never boring to the listener. There is even a bonus track on the album that is the band’s rendition of “The Boxer,” originally performed by Simon and Garfunkel, which features Paul Simon himself.
Not only is the album filled with well-crafted collaboration and variety, but also with memory-provoking melodies. With every song the folky ensemble produces, the autumn sensation fills the air. Babel exceeds the expectations for Mumford and Sons and opens the band up for a much larger fan base. Expect to enjoy and savor the serene and aesthetic sounds the British group so pleasantly performs throughout the season. It's only the beginning.