Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the May 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
180 Gram Vinyl Mastered by Bob Ludwig At Gateway!
Mumford & Sons, West London indie rock quartet, have created a gutsy,
banjo-driven, old-time sound that marries the magic of Crosby, Stills & Nash
with the might of Kings of Leon and the harmonies of Fleet Foxes. Sigh No More
was recorded at Eastcote Studios, where Arctic Monkeys, Brian Eno, Tindersticks
and Laura Marling have honed their sound. The band teamed with producer Markus
Dravs who has worked with such superstar acts as Arcade Fire, Bjork and Peter
The album begins with the title track, Sigh No More, a statement of intent that
references the romantic language of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
Amongst darkly reflective tracks such as Thistle & Weeds and ballads like White
Blank Page, Winter Winds and Roll Away Your Stone, by contrast, show the band's
sprightlier side, the rollicking banjo of the former conjuring up stormy weather
that "litters London with lonely hearts"; the latter a fabulous hoedown about a
man unsuccessfully filling the hole in his soul.
Little Lion Man - a track that Zane Lowe named the “Hottest Record In The World
Today” on a recent Radio 1 show – is a rampage about regret and unresolved
heartbreak. Following a wild lashing out in the murderous fable of Dust Bowl
Dance, After the Storm arrives, the only track Mumford and Sons wrote in the
studio, away from the live stage they knew so well. It stands an incredibly
moving final track to an incredibly moving album – the story of a man scared of
what's behind and what's before, and creates a considered conclusion to the
band’s epic debut album.
Formed in 2007, the band's goal since day one has been to make music that
matters. Before recording their debut, Mumford & Sons self-produced three EPs
and toured the UK extensively, bringing their rootsy rock across the country.
"The Brit combo has a spine-tingling way with harmony." - Time Out, NY
• 180 Gram Vinyl
• Mastered by Bob Ludwig At Gateway
Nick Etwell, trumpet, flugelhorn
Pete Beachhill, trombone
Nell Catchpole, violin, viola
Christopher Allan, cello
Markus Dravs, a nail and a piano string
Tom Hobden, original string parts (Side A, Track 5)
1. Sigh No More
2. The Cave
3. Winter Winds
4. Roll Away Your Stone
5. White Blank Page
6. I Gave You All
1. Little Lion Man
3. Thistle & Weeds
4. Awake My Soul
5. Dust Bowl Dance
6. After the Storm