Earlier today, Mumford & Sons dropped a bombshell in the releasing of a new song, entitled “Believe.” In doing so the band managed to:
1. Officially silence all rumors of a band break-up.
2. Give a giant middle finger to the passionate critics, incessantly accusing the group of using the same chord progressions, same rhythms, etc.
3. Rekindle everyone’s love affair with Mumford & Sons.
The song is unlike any other we’ve heard from the 4-piece group. The piano has been replaced with ethereal synth; the banjo has been set aside to make room for a soul-awakening electric. There’s no debate that “Believe” is a far cry from Mumford & Sons’ typical acoustic-guitar driven sound. The approach towards the song is almost reminiscent of Coldplay’s “Midnight,” who was equally criticized for abandoning a beloved, signature style. Despite the folk-rock departure, “Believe” exhibits a musicianship that is much more mature and refined. It reveals a whole other end of the musical spectrum that many of us didn’t think Mumford & Sons was capable of dominating.
Mumford & Sons’ third album, “Wilder Mind,” is expected to be released May 4th of this year.