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Mumford & Sons follow-up to 2015’s Wilder Mind is a album in collaboration with pop-producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine), and it shows.
Delta is a continuation of the experimentation that took place on its predecessor, an album that puts the Mumford & Sons musing about love and loss that defined their breakout Babel over bigger, more anthemic sonics.
There is a quieter “The Wilds,” cinematic pop “Picture You” and “If I Say,” and West African rhythm-infused “Rose of Sharon.”
Frontman Marcus Mumford says he got an initial push to even begin work on the album from none other than Noel Gallagher.
“I actually saw Noel Gallagher at a pub, and we were talking,” Marcus tells Billboard. “He’s such a nice man – I mean, he’s a prick as well, but he’s a nice man. And he said to me, ‘what are you doing at the moment?’ I said, ‘ah, man, I’m taking a little bit of a break from writing. I’ve just found it a bit hard.’ And he was like, ‘Man, what the FUCK are you doing with your life if you’re not writing songs? You’re a fucking songwriter. Get on with it!’ So I went out and wrote ‘Delta’ and ‘Guiding Light’ that week, as a result of that conversation.”
“Just making an album that sounded like any of the ones we’d done before wouldn’t be that exciting to us, but we also wanted to embrace some of the things we’ve enjoyed in the past….I’m proud of the fact that it feels like it fits together.”
Catch the full album below.