It’s been three years since British crooners Mumford & Sons brought banjo back with their sleeper hit Sigh No More, which slowly but steadily sold over 2.2 million copies in the U.S.
On their official website, Mumford revealed the track listing for their new set, and if titles like “Broken Crown” and “Ghosts that We Knew” are any indication, the introspective lads are still struggling to grow up and clarify what they believe about life, love, and death.
The title track also carries an allusion to the Hebrew Bible; “Babel” was the name used for the City of Babylon, and the word also relates to the Tower of Babel, which the book of Genesis describes an enormous structure built in hopes of reaching the heavens (that is, until God confounded the peoples’ languages and scattered them throughout the Earth).
Marcus Mumford, whose parents are leaders of the Vineyard Church in the UK and Ireland, appears to be serving up another set of brogue-infused Sunday-school angst. And perhaps some wedded bliss as well – we’re guessing “Lover’s Eyes” is about new bride Carey Mulligan.
Nine of Babel’s twelve tracks have already found their way to the web, mostly in the form of live performances. Check out the full track listing below, along with a few embedded clips. (For a handy YouTube compilation of all the tracks currently floating through the web, click here.)
2. Whispers in the Dark
3. I Will Wait
4. Holland Road
5. Ghosts That We Knew
6. Lover of the Light
7. Lover’s Eyes
9. Hopeless Wanderer
10. Broken Crown
11. Below My Feet
12. Not With Haste
What do you think? Excited for Mumford’s new disc?