Mumford And Sons – ‘I Will Wait’

The tweederati return with the first cut from 'Babel'

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Banjos. Violins. Vocals that sound like a man passing a gall stone. The new Mumford & Sons track is here and – as hinted at by the new tracks they’ve been playing live for the past 18 months, there has been no stylistic leap, no dubstep beats added, not so much as an additional electric guitar added to the mix.

The first taste of new album ‘Babel’, which will be released on September 24, ‘I Will Wait’ could quite easily have fitted on the London group’s world-beating debut. This is a barnstormer in the mould of 'Little Lion Man', building up slowly and breaking into a footstomping beat before Winston’s picking fingers go into Mr Tickle mode.

Lyrically, it’s a simple, gooey sentiment – wait for the one you love. Was Mumford inspired by his recent marriage to childhood pen pal Carey Mulligan? Is it for the fans patiently waiting for a follow-up to 'Sigh No More'?

Keyboard player Ben Lovett joking described it as “the worst track on the record - we just thought we'd get it out.” It’s clearly something more – ‘I Will Wait’ is a big comeback tune for a band whose debut album took them from folk clubs to the main stages of festivals around the globe. This track is primed for those mega-crowds right from the off. Dan Stubbs

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