September 14, 2012 17:39

Mumford And Sons' Marcus Mumford: 'One of our new songs features a line lifted from a novel'

Frontman also says 'Babel' is littered with literary references

Mumford And Sons' Marcus Mumford: 'One of our new songs features a line lifted from a novel'

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Mumford and Sons frontman Marcus Mumford has said that a track taken from their forthcoming album 'Babel' features a line from Hilary Mantel's book Wolf Hall.

The singer said the song was a line spoken by central character Thomas Cromwell, but chose not to elaborate, according to an interview he did with BBC Radio 4. "I'm not going to tell you which, because I think it might be illegal!" he joked.

He also said their new album, which is released on September 24, was littered with references to literature. The LP has been produced by Arcade FireColdplay collaborator Markus Dravs, who also worked with the band on their first album.

Mumford added:

Honestly, they appear everywhere. But I don't think that's a unique thing for us as a band. You just have to listen to Bob Dylan to realise that's what people do when they write songs.


He went on: "A lot of the time writers are just sponges... for what's around them, and so books are helpful for focusing your mind and literally putting it into words."

The band recently unveiled the video for new track 'I Will Wait', scroll down to watch the video. The promo was filmed in the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colarado on August 28.



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