21 June 2010

Ascending: Mumford & Sons

Ever since our trip to Ireland to visit Celtic Ray last summer, TNOP has been dropping Mumford & Sons' name to all that would listen. While driving endless kilometers around the Emerald Isle, the band's new single "Little Lion Man" seemed to be eponymous on BBC Radio 1; but it was exciting every time the DJ spun the record. The debut album, Sigh No More, hit the UK charts in September 2009 and landed #1 in Eire and #7 UK.

Sigh No More hit in the US racks this past spring. Despite landing - and nailing - performance spots on both the David Letterman and Craig Ferguson shows, the CD has struggled to take hold in the States. But TNOP likes to think of it as a slow build, and once again we take the opportunity to recommend these unique London four-part harmony folk rockers to new ears.

Further listening:
La Blogotheque session #105: "The Banjolin Song/Awake My Soul"
Black Cab Sessions, Chapter Fifty-Seven: "Sister"

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