Clarifying previous comments that their upcoming new album would sound like “doom folk” music, Mumford & Sons dismissed their remarks as a “joke” and explained what they really meant.
Bassist Ted Dwane recently told Rolling Stone that their highly anticipated follow-up to Sigh No More would sound like “Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake,” which essentially means it would be full of doom & gloom – hence “doom folk.”
The interviewer apparently took Dwane’s comments too literally. Frontman Marcus Mumford spoke on those remarks, explaining it was just a misunderstanding.
“That was a joke to an American journalist who didn’t understand the concept of sarcasm. I called Ted and was like, ‘Ted, what have you done? We spent our whole first album trying to avoid being pigeonholed!'” he told NME.
Mumford continued that the new album would signify “evolution, not revolution” of the band, meaning fans should not expect any sort of drastic change to their sound but rather some expansion and forward progression. He also said the recording process took longer than expected and only their manager has heard it.
“We don’t want to put that added pressure on ourselves,” Mumford added on the outside pressure the band faces to deliver a strong follow-up to their surprise hit debut album.
The band have already begun debuting new songs from the still-untitled album. They performed the potentially single-worthy “Ghosts That We Knew” at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, and if that song is any indication, the new album will feature all the same things that made fans love Mumford & Sons in the first place.