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Mumfords threaten to get gloomy

Mumford & Sons, the folk band for all the family, have promised to get a little darker on their next album. Not that it would be difficult, given the relentless jauntiness of so much of their material to date.

The Mum-friendly band have enjoyed an astonishing amount of success with their clean-cut folkie sound and Victorian dress sense. Their debut album Sigh No More was a smash on both sides of the Atlantic, and the song The Cave is nominated in two categories in the Grammys, America’s establishment music awards.

The follow-up, the band told Rolling Stone, will be gloomier, and they’ve invented a new genre to describe the sound: "doom folk". "It’s certainly more mature," bassist Ted Dwane said. "It’s like Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake."

If that sounds an unappealing combination, feel free to join the cynics who see the Mumfords as part of the bland wave that is spearheaded by the phenomenon that is Adele. Unsurprisingly the Mumfords are big fans of the chanteuse.

"There's a reason why her record has done what it's done," said keyboardist Ben Lovett. "It's not about the money, but the brilliance in writing a simple song. It's not so much about the bells and whistles, it's about the lyric and the melody."

Mumford & Sons music echoes the traditional culture of the rural working class (that they learned about in their exclusive fee-paying schools) and made a connection with one happy purchaser of their debut album: the Prime Minister David Cameron. Given the current state of the economy, he might feel that "doom folk" is an appropriate new direction.

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