Mumford & Sons have released a track from their forthcoming sophmore album Babel. ‘I Will Wait’ was premiered by DJ Huw Stephens yesterday evening on BBC Radio 1 and has caused controversy amongst many of the bands’ fans for not being “new music”. The track is in fact a reworking of a song on their 2010 The Cave EP, called ‘Untitled‘, AKA ‘Nothing Is Written‘. However, band member Ben Lovett was quick to calm any qualms as he joked “It’s the worst track on the record, we just thought we’d get it out”.
‘I Will Wait’ is exactly what anyone would expect from the band with their classic acoustic harmonies which grow into a full on knee-slapping barn dance tune. Very similar to the sound of their previous material, it’s clear that Mumford & Sons have played it very safely with this track, although it is very enjoyable to listen to. It is still unclear what the official first single from the album will be.
Babel is the follow up record to the four-piece’s multi-million selling 2009 debut Sigh No More. Details of the album were released last month when they announced the tracklisting, and also that it will be available from September 24th. Talking about the record to Huw Stephens, they stated, “As a band, we’ve never been closer or more collaborative; all working to our strengths. And so we feel that this record is a natural progression that we’re proud of, and we cannot wait to take it out on the road”. Later on they also said that they are planning on doing another UK tour to promote the album before the end of the year.