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Reviewed on 7th December 2009.


Winter Winds

By Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons are "a band who know they're onto something not just good, but spectacular" according to the NME. Well, the new single, 'Winter Winds' does not disappoint.

Mumford & Sons, currently enjoying a sell-out European tour, have unveiled the video for their single 'Winter Winds,' which is both subtly patriotic (or perhaps not, with those St George flag buntings) and sinister.

Between footage of the band performing the single live, there are shots of someone walking through an autumnal field with a shovel; what he's digging up, or burying for that matter, is unclear, but the lyrics "And my head told my heart: let love grow / but my heart told my head: this time no" suggest utter defiance. These scenes are alternated with the band covered in straw, balloons, and red, white and blue streamers as if they have just left a good old British fete, or perhaps a local cider festival; whatever the reason, the atmosphere is a happy one. The video is perhaps a nostalgic reflection of what has to have been one of Mumford & Sons' best summers; with numerous festival appearances and an almost effortless breakthrough into the global market.
Although 'Winter Winds' aims for the more mainstream audience, it retains the folk-rock sound that is paramount to Mumford & Sons' album 'Sigh No More,' described by The Observer as "genuinely splendid." This is certainly an album worth listening to, even if folk isn't your thing, but let's just hope that Mumford and Sons' phenomenal breakthrough does not ruin the rawness and beauty of their music.



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