More banjo! After a long hiatus and rumors of a split, the men of Mumford & Sons are officially still together and back at it with a reinvented new sound.
The rockers returned this week with the release of their new single “Believe.” While the track still features frontman Marcus Mumford’s trademark soulful vocals, the banjo twangs that made the group famous for are noticeably absent.
While banjo player Winston Marshall may have stopped plucking the trusty folk instrument, he is featured on the latest track with fellow original band members Mumford, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane. The foursome debuted “Believe” with a cityscape video, dipping and diving through streets to the song.
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Over a mid-tempo dreamy melody, Mumfrod croons “You may call it in this evening / But you’ve only lost the night / Present all your pretty feelings / May they comfort you tonight / And I’m climbing over something / And I’m running through these walls / I don’t even know if I believe / I don’t even know if I believe.”
The impressive new song is Mumford & Sons’ first offering off of the band’s upcoming third studio album Wilder Mind. Due out in May, the record will be the rockers’ first since the 2012 release of their celebrated album Babel.
The new altered sound featured on Wilder Mind was a strategic decision for the “I Will Wait” musicians. While they took a break from recording and performing, Marshall revealed to Vulture that he believed the band had overused the banjo.
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“I think ‘killed’ is an understatement,” he told the publication in March 2014. “We murdered it. We let it, yeah — f–k the banjo. I f–king hate the banjo.”
Take a listen to Mumford & Sons’ “Believe” in the video above, and pick up the Wilder Mind album in stores on May 4.