One of my new favorite songs is by alt-folk band Mumford & Sons entitled “I Will Wait.” Mumford & Sons, led by Marcus Mumford have greatly elevated their profile following Sigh No More and more specifically “Little Lion Man” (“But I was not your fault this time/and it was your heart on the line/I really f*cked it up this time/didn’t I my dear?”). But anyways, “I Will Wait” is simple, different, and refreshing, contrasting the more overt music that dominates radio by stepping back into the past with its folk sensibility. It owes more to Bob Dylan than the multitude of other music artists can boast today.
Opening with busy acoustic driven rhythms and never ceasing a rhythmic drive (even when Marcus begins singing), the cut instantly catches on. The chorus unifies and captivates despite its simplicity: “and I will wait, I will wait for you…” Add excellent conceived songwriting form and the addition of instruments/timbres towards the end and “I Will Wait” makes one get enthused for the September 25 release of Babel. I’m on board.