Song of the Day: ‘The Cave’ by Mumford & Sons
Leave it to England to perfect an American music form.
These days more and more acts are adopting a country/folk/bluegrass bend and, as with any trend, it, at times, gets trite. Seriously, start a band with harmonies and a banjo and you’ll likely get signed in weeks.
Of course, then a group like Mumford & Sons comes to us from across the Pond and even without anything original being contributed to this new indie subgenre, this is a band to get to know.
With lyrics at once bare, vulnerable, poetic and somewhat obscure, songs reach out to you with charisma. Vocals are front and center and the instrumentalists are multi-talented, switching between guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, double bass, keyboards and singing.
I know many a female who has swooned over the sound of Marcus Mumford’s voice alone.
And the female gender is not alone. These are well-crafted folk songs alive with energy and that certain something that keeps from you coming back for more.