First things first: we’ve never featured them before, but Mumford and Sons are something special, and it’s not just the banjo-lover in me that’s talking. A band that channels both Arcade Fire and Old Crow Medicine Show, M&S take folk-rock and turn it expansive, take epic songs and throw in moments of delicate almost-silence that force you to take notice—or would, if you weren’t already on the edge of your seat.
The band, now in the midst of a UK tour, has been throwing a surprise at audiences: a four-track EP under the name of their alter ego, The Wedding Band. The First Dance comes with the purchase of a ticket to the show, but if you’re stuck on this side of the pond, some of it is also available right here.
“Thumper” lays down a few phrases of nearly a capella chorals, then sways its way through to an up-tempo, fiddle-driven jaunt. Then, in “I Take Your Hand,” the band wheels back to earlier days with a marching-band-esque track peppered with some downright saucy brass solos.
“Susie” plays out as a slow waltz, showcasing Marcus Mumford’s gritty vocals with a background of dixie-style trumpets. And closing out the quartet of songs is an OCMS-style hoedown at finger-breaking speed, “She Said Yes.” And we said yes, too.
The Wedding Band – Susie (download)
The Wedding Band – She Said Yes (download)