LE PETITE WINDBAG: An Open Letter to Mumford and Sons

Dear Mumford and Sons,

You know the moment when you first hear a song and it is as subtle and thoughtful as a whisper in the dark, yet forceful enough to awaken your soul? That was what I felt when I first heard Ditmas from your critically acclaimed album, Wilder Mind. Your band has long held a special place deep inside my Timshel and I can’t help but ask: where’s the next album?

When you released your first album Sigh No More in 2009, you instantly brought a much-needed variety, authenticity and adventurous spirit to the folk-rock scene. This was a genre that had been plagued by mediocre talents like The Fleet Foxes, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, none of whom dared venture into the deep theological waters that you guys bravely sailed towards. No band before had dared to sing choruses so loud, or play the banjo so fast, or even make the ballsy move of replacing all percussion instruments with stomps and claps. Truly brilliant, you really gave us all. 

However, when the winter winds blew away the thistle and weeds, all we were left with was an empty cave, a white blank page, and now it has been two years since your latest album release. I want a new album, I do mean that, it's really all I want, I need my Mumford fix, give me my fast-banjo fix Marcus, I need to hear some invigorating choruses you low-court Edwardian minstrel. That being said, I want your new album delivered not with haste. I believe in Mumford and Sons and I will wait, I will wait for you.