Sunday, February 14th, 2010
"Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"
Mumford & Sons cover The Beatles
Frank 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)