Buzzbeats has chosen The Lumineers for the track of the week for what can only be described as an adorable set at Reading Festival this weekend. You may be sick of hearing ‘Ho Hey’ just about everywhere however, I really think this band are onto something special for this reason ‘Big Parade’ is track of the week, this was their final song at the festival and closed their set true to their style of what I’m calling nostalgia-folk rock. By this I mean, all of the songs by this Denver outfit give one an almost sentimental longing for good times and sunshine. So, as the summer holidays draw to an end, I urge you to go out, enjoy any remaining sunshine that maybe left and, in the process of all this listen to Big Parade by The Lumineers!
New Arctic Monkeys track ‘Do I Wanna Know’ was released today with first radio play being on XFM’s Jon Holmes breakfast show. It comes as the debut from the band’s fifth album which has been strongly hinted about for quite a while now. The track itself, like the new album Is as promised, much more similar to the Arctic’s heavier work on ‘Humbug’ however I would say it’s strongest resemblance is to record store day single ‘R U Mine’ released in February of last year. It’s driven by a thick industrial drum line that opens it, rousing the desire to pound ones fist along to it, then accompanied by riff work on guitar which is played homophonically alongside it’s sensuously deep bass line it creates a cool, laid back yet still exciting backing for Alex Turner’s vocals to pur smoothly over the top of all of this.
So it’s been a long time coming and a lot of pressure on everyone’s favourite indie/folk band but today the world has finally received the second Mumford And Sons album. After 3 long years of waiting ‘Babel’ has arrived; needless to say I was very excited to get it through my door on pre-order this morning.
Having only heard it once through, this is just a quick response but the first listen’s offering up another profound yet quirky atmosphere. Emergent songs on the album so far are the already released ‘I Will Wait’, another gripping sing along track, that is so powerful that one feels butterflies (or is that just me?). Not all songs are your classic footstompers that Mumford do so well but there are also some beautifully somber ones on there too , such as ‘Ghosts That We Knew’ that exposes the raw talent in Marcus Mumford’s voice and will make the most primal man want to pour out his emotions to plucking banjos.