Mumford & Sons release new song, "I Will Wait." Listen to it here. - Reverb

Mumford & Sons release new song, “I Will Wait.” Listen to it here.

Mumford & Sons’ next record, “Babel,” comes out on Sept. 24. But the band released a YouTube of its new single “I Will Wait” Tuesday morning, giving fans a first listen to the follow-up of the massively popular “Sigh No More.”

So what’s it sound like? This is where we’re at after five or six listens. (Listen for yourself below.)

Yes, it does sound like a B-side form “Sigh No More” – not like a song that didn’t make the cut, rather a track that is strikingly similar in style and tone to the debut. The song races out of the gate at an immediate gallop, with folk instruments (banjo, acoustic guitar and is that a mando in there?) flying and Marcus Mumford’s voice ruminating with confidence and melancholy. It’s a strong single with natural appeal to fans of folk, pop and Triple A. It’s fair to say that if you loved “The Cave” or “Little Lion Man,” you will be drawn to “”I Will Wait.”

Most of all, the track has that killer Mumford build. Yes, Mumford’s greatest strength is its mammoth, goosebump-inducing builds. The first chorus here is contemplative and subdued – subtle, even. “I will wait/I will wait for you.” The next time around, it’s a harmony-enriched, banjo-fueled roar – the kind of pop-savvy chorus that makes for an instant singalong. And surely something like that will happen when the band plays its two sold-out nights at Red Rocks on Aug. 28-29 and its Sept. 1 date at Jazz Aspen Snowmass (which still has tickets available, FYI).

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post.

  • http://twitter.com/anchorinastorm catnip everdeen

    It might sound pathetic, but I was so happy with this song I actually nearly cried a little bit. 

  • Bob

    This band blows.

  • Guest

    Great track, however this was released back in 2010 as a B side to ‘The Cave’. It’s been downloadable from iTunes since then so describing it as ‘new’ and having a ‘first listen’ is a bit odd.

  • Marylynn

    I did hear this quite sometime ago..when I was searching their songs..AND I LOVE IT!!!