Mumford and Sons’ new mini album, ‘Johannesburg,’ dropped today. Expect to hear it wherever deconstructed artisan heirloom hipster food and fair trade coffee is served.
The five-track album was recorded in the namesake’s city during the band’s South African tour and features collaborations with Baaba Maal, Beatenberg, and The Very Best.
“None of us are experts in African music and that’s exactly why we wanted to do it,” bassist Ted Dwane told Rolling Stone. “We wanted to learn about it, and we wanted to engage with the place.”
The album’s lead track, “There Will Be Time,” reached number 1 on South Africa music charts (and surprisingly is the band’s first number 1 single).
“We never planned to be defined by any one sound,” Mumford keyboardist Ben Lovett told AAP. “We genuinely are kind of sponges for all types of music and we like to make music that’s broad and diverse.”
Mumford and Sons will be performing at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on October 6; but don’t expect to hear any of the Johannesburg songs (they’re to reliant on the other vocalists).
Lead singer Marcus Mumford and bandmate Winston Marshall sound off on their careers below. Quotation above via bigissue.com.