I first heard Mumford and Sons on a mix CD that the Marvelous Matt let me borrow about 6 months ago. Now they seem to be showing up all over the place. I am going to argue that they sound like a mix between the Fleet Foxes and Avett Brothers, with Celtic overtones. My roommate and I have been listening their first full length, Sigh No More, over and over again. Their music is contagious. You know how sometimes you have to listen to a band more than once before it hits you? Well that’s not the case with Mumford; I liked it the first time I heard it. Another benefit is that the whole LP is solid, without any weak filler songs.
Give these guys from London a listen if you haven’t already. Along with Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale (who you should also check out), Mumford & Sons are leading an awesome folk scene out of England. Another Tip – buy your tickets early if you want to go to their shows. I just missed out on a sweet show with the Middle East in Vancouver because I didn’t buy them over 2 months in advance. Damn.
Mumford & Sons – The Cave (Island Records 2009)
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man (Island Records 2009)