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Sunday, February 14th, 2010

"Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"

Mumford & Sons cover The Beatles

Photo By Frank YangFrank YangLondon quartet Mumford & Sons know how to work that banjo. It’s key to adding the bluegrass-y tint to the rousing folk-indie rock of their debut Sigh No More, and particularly effectively in this Beatles cover they recorded in session for BBC’s The Radcliffe and Maconie Show last November. The medley selection from side two of Abbey Road begins with Marcus Mumford’s yearning rasp giving “Golden Slumbers” its gravitas, then as it segues into “Carry That Weight”, Winston Marshall’s banjo steps forward and actually picks up that weightiness and jigs it off into the sunset, bid farewell by the band’s harmonies. Lovely.

The Guardian has a feature piece on Mumford & Sons, whose Sigh No More gets a North American release this Tuesday. Their incredibly brief, four-date North American tour stops in at Lee’s Palace in Toronto tomorrow night for a sold-out performance. Those feeling left out should take heart that they’ll be returning to North America later this Summer for Bonnaroo and it’s pretty much inconceivable that they wouldn’t build a proper tour around the date. So patience.

MP3: Mumford & Sons – “Golden Slumbers”/”Carry That Weight”
Video: The Beatles – “Golden Slumbers”/”Carry That Weight” (fan video)

By : Frank Yang at 10:46 am
Category: Chromewaves Radio

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  1. anja says:

    totally off topic… just wondering if anyone knew whether the kings of convenience show at phoenix is cancelled?

  2. frank on someone else's computer says:

    it has been rescheduled for June 8.

  3. marc says:

    I just “discovered” Mumford &Sons a couple weeks ago and haven’t been able to stop listening to them. Can’t wait for them to do a proper tour.

  4. thequeen29 says:

    OK, I’m sure it’s fine and all … but I think that, if I hear another Beatles cover, I’m going to vomit. Seriously, when I worked at a record store in Portland a few years back, almost every music magazine cover featured the Beatles, Elvis, or the Rolling Stones. Baby boomers, LET IT GO, already. There’s plenty of good new music out there; give someone else a chance.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rsu6IsybBw

  5. chissy says:

    yeah i really like this band too–i’m wondering when they’ll be on tour. sigh no more finally comes out this tuesday in the US. pretty cool

  6. BeyondRaceMagazine says:

    Mumford & Sons definitely DO know how to work the banjo. I wish they’d play in the states more often. The only one here in NYC has been sold out for months now. Regardless, we at Beyond Race Magazine are fans of these fellas — they put out some quality stuff.

    http://beyondrace.com

  7. BeyondRaceMagazine says:

    Mumford & Sons definitely DO know how to work the banjo. I wish they’d play in the states more often. The only one here in NYC has been sold out for months now. Regardless, we at Beyond Race Magazine are fans of these fellas — they put out some quality stuff.