Mumford & Sons' latest single, ‘Ditmas' exhibits their movement away from their previous folk-rock sound.
Following their recent headline set at Reading & Leeds last weekend, and a successful back catalogue, Mumford & Sons are still on the rise since their formation back in 2007.
‘Ditmas’ is the latest single to be released from their third LP, Wilder Mind, which departs from their trademark banjo and double-bass driven sound. The track takes its name from Ditmas Park, an artsy area of Brooklyn, New York, where the band wrote a large proportion of their latest, yet not particularly ‘artsy’, album.
Marcus Mumford’s familiar dulcet tones shine through on this track with the heartfelt lyrics that continue to be a huge part of the band’s appeal. “As I hold you for the last time in this life” and “your words are empty as the bed we made” evoke feelings of broken relationships and unrequited love. Unfortunately this is not a new lyrical focus as the previous albums have been dominated with similar themes.
Arguably the movement away from their previous folk-rock sound is the only development Mumford & Sons have made on this track. Perhaps the attempts the band made to move in an anti-folk direction have hindered their positive evolution as a band, meaning ‘Ditmas’ is a pleasant, yet unremarkable listen.
‘Ditmas’ is out now via Island Records.