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Mumford & Sons release new single, 'I Will Wait'

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Rebecca Miller

That thrashing banjo. That London brogue. That signature blend of churchy angst and romantic melodrama.

It could only mean one thing: Mumford & Sons are back.

The British foursome, whose last album Sigh No More became a double-platinum sleeper smash (over two years after its release, it’s still kicking around in the Top 40), is back with a lush new single, “I Will Wait,” and they’ve just released the audio link online.

The song, the first from their forthcoming Babel (due Sept. 24), hearkens back to their Grammy nomination-festooned single “The Cave” with its shouted refrain, triumphant horns, a driving kick drum, and an earnest lyric about a relationship so perfect is has Marcus Mumford kneeling down in reverence, raising his hands, and wishing for his mind to be “freed from the lies.”

So, who exactly is Mumford singing about — his lady or his maker? There’s a universality (as well as a certain sense of self-loathing) in his words that I’m guessing will help listeners of all sorts connect to the tune, and the flowing melody, which would have fit right in with the tracks on Sigh No More, certainly doesn’t hurt. Fans of Mumford & Sons should be very pleased.

Readers, what do you think?

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