Mumford & Sons have shared details of their upcoming new record, ‘Delta’, to be released on November 16. They’ve also shared the first single, ‘Guiding Light’ and it’s available below.
The album was recorded at Church Studios in London city and produced by Paul Epworth. ‘Delta’ is the band’s fourth record and is described as “a record of differing shades, colours and textures.”
The band have also shared the first single from the album, ‘Guiding Light’. In a statement, the band describe the new song as “a dizzying folk-rock song that builds, builds, explodes and then explodes again,” the single premiered as Radio 1’s ‘Hottest Record’.
Recently, a photograph of Mumford and Sons in the studio with Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson stirred quite a bit of controversy. Peterson’s opinion on things like white privilege, gender identity, and feminism have turned him into a controversial personality favoured by the far right. Now, the British band has responded to the criticism they endured for appearing so close to such a divisive figure.
In an interview with CBC Radio, lead singer Marcus Mumford and guitarist/banjoist Winston Marshall were quizzed about the image with Peterson. Marshall said that he’d grown interested in Dr. Peterson’s work in psychology after reading both of his books. After being introduced by a friend, he invited the doctor down to the band’s London studio, one of many visitors they welcomed.
Marshall said, “I think with the controversial stuff that you’re talking about, I don’t think [Peterson’s] psychology is controversial, but the quasi-political stuff…”. “I think it’s a conversation we’re having a little bit as a band and, do we want to get into the political stuff? Probably not.”
“I don’t think that having a photograph with someone means you agree with everything they say,” When asked if he was worried he might lose fans he replied, “Because then I wouldn’t be able to have a photograph of anyone at risk of trying to offend anyone so I think I don’t see the harm in engaging in conversation.”
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