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).