Sunday, 16 May 2010

Mumford and Sons

Do you get that thing where you hear a snatch of song on the radio, something you've never heard before - and you have to stop dead in your tracks and listen, wide-eyed? That happened to me this week, with the song above. I listened, I looked 'em up on Youtube, I rushed into town and bought the CD Sigh No More - and I've been playing it obsessively all week.

And lo it turned out, Mumford & Sons were at No.3 in the charts when I bought their CD. This is a folk group, mind. It must be a cold day in Hell indeed, when a folk group has its very first album in the Top 5!

What are they like? "Coldplay does folk" someone said. A lot of bluegrass, a lot of Simon and Garfunkel, a bit of Dylan. Their vocabulary is strongly Christian, so I'm guessing they come out of a Church background, but the feel of the album Sigh No More is not any sort of Christian triumphalism, but pessimistic and angst-ridden: there is a vein of self-recrimination through the lyrics that borders on the genuinely worrying. Like, what has he done?

Love it, love, love it. Would kill to hear them live.

And now I wander round the supermarket singing

It was not your fault but mine
And it was your heart on the line
I really fucked it up this time
Didn't I, my dear?
(Dingley dingley dingly, banjo bit)


Vida said...

Ah, this makes sense. I hear their single on the radio a lot, and I feel drawn to it against my will, like I want to sing along and I want to turn it off.

The one that goes 'And IIIIIIIIIIIII, will bahblahblah, and IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII will blahblahblah.' if you know what I mean :)

Kat said...

It's that killer banjo I find so hard to resist.

@ Vida - nice singing! It's called The Cave. Soooo addictive, don't bother trying to fight it.

Janine Ashbless said...

Yes, Vida - I know exactly what you mean, because I woke up with those exact lyrics going through my head the day after buying the CD. Resistance is useless!

Oh, and they were using one of the tracks as background music on Countryfile tonight. There is no escape even when watching TV.

Jo said...

Ehem. I didn't mean to comment as Vida earlier, I'm just challenged by all the signing in and out.

So is the Cave Plato or Christian, then? :)

Janine Ashbless said...

Jo, you have more aliases than a spy!

Craig Sorensen said...

That music is awesome! It's got a little Celtic flair mixed in with that funky folk. Great freaking lyrics. Very catchy tunes.

And yes, that banjo is killer.

Great stuff!

Janine Ashbless said...

Yay! Spread the word!