Mumford & Sons put a lot of thought into their first new music of 2019, and the result is an up-tempo, textured jam with some snarl called “Blind Leading the Blind.”
“My generation’s stuck in the mirror,” Marcus Mumford laments as banjo yields to guitar. “’Forget about the poor, ‘cause I don’t like the word.’ I need to know the name of my neighbor. I am not known if I’m not seen or heard.”
The song has existed on some level since last year, with the band finally being inspired to finish it after receiving the prestigious John Steinbeck Award last month. The prize is given to a writer, thinker, artist or activist who embodies the spirit and values of the legendary author.
“We’re proud that we’ve finally finished it, as it feels like one of the most challenging songs, thematically, that we’ve put out there, both for ourselves and our audience,” Mumford said in a statement. “It feels it’s becoming harder and harder to coerce yourself into a listening, present and unafraid disposition, but that’s the gauntlet we’re throwing down for ourselves.”
“Blind Leading the Blind” is the first new music from Mumford & Sons since their 2018 album Delta. The band will tour Asia next month, before returning to the U.S. for RADIO.COM station Alt 92.3’s “Not So Silent Night” on December 5th.
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