Mumford & Sons return with “explosive” new single ‘Guiding Light’ and announce details of new album

The band's fourth album will be released on November 16

Mumford & Sons have announced details of their upcoming new album,’Delta’, to be released on November 16.

Recorded at Church Studios in London and produced by Paul Epworth, ‘Delta’ is the quartet’s fourth album and is described as “a record of differing shades, colours and textures.”

The band have also released the first single from the album, ‘Guiding Light’. Described as “a dizzying folk-rock song that builds, builds, explodes and then explodes again,” the single premiered this evening as Radio 1’s ‘Hottest Record’.

You can listen to the track here:

Speaking to DJ Annie Mac about the new single, Marcus Mumford said: “It was a bit of a beast to try and get on record. It was hard work. We kind of tried it in loads of different ways…this one took a while. We wrote it like a year ago, but it’s taken a while to just get it to that point and now we’re happy with it.”

The band also revealed that they are still in the studio recording ‘Delta’ but expect to be finished this weekend.

Marking ten years since the band’s formation, the album is said to “draw on the shared experience of being on and off the road” and is described as “a moving collection of songs perhaps more intimate and expansive, both lyrically and musically, than ever before.”

Whereas 2015’s ‘Wilder Mind’ focussed more on the anthemic, ‘Delta’ is said to be a more “tender listen, [that is] introspective and reflective” whilst still marrying with “ecstatic stadium-sized dynamics.”

Speaking about ‘Delta’ to Annie Mac, Winston Marshall added: “I think at the beginning [of recording the album] we kind of fell back in love with the old instruments we didn’t play on ‘Wilder Mind’ like the acoustic stuff and the more folky instruments but [we were] conscious [about] how we can make these instruments sound not like these instruments which opened up a whole new world for us…”

Mumford added: “On this record it’s felt like there have been no boundaries creatively.”

Details of a 60-date world tour beginning in November will be announced soon.

“We all feel slightly different about the next album,” guitarist Winston Marshall told NME last year, “but I feel like we’ve got a really good chunk of the record done, although there’s still a lot more to do.

“If you’re going to write an album of 10 songs, our attitude is that you need to write 30 and choose 10 fucking good ones. We could probably put out a not-so-good album right now, but it’s better to wait and put out a great one.”