Posted by: Captain Easychord | June 6, 2010

Free Music Sunday: Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man

With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, we’ve officially moved into the summer.  Well, at least by sociological standards… meteorological summer started June 1 and astronomical summer doesn’t arrive ’til the solstice on June 20, but two out of three ain’t bad, right?.  Summer is a great season because it’s an easygoing time of year when folks are looking to have a good time.  Whether they’re doing some light summer reading, checking out a summer blockbuster movie or listening to some summer music, the seasonal entertainment options come from every direction.

Although Mumford & Sons’ [m] [w] debut album was released in the US back in February, it definitely has the sound of summer 2010 to me.  With a clatter of banjos, mandolins, drums and guitars, the folk and bluegrass sound would fit in nicely cruising down the highway en route to a vacation destination.  But while Mumford & Sons provide a refreshing new sound, their songs are also a bit formulaic and susceptible to growing stale.  With few exceptions, they start out slowly, gradually build up the sound and the tempo before hitting a crescendo with the aforementioned clatter of instruments and earnestness.  That’s not to say that Mumford & Sons don’t have some fine tunes on their debut album, because they do.  This week’s pick, “Little Lion Man” is no exception.  It’s a great song that fits the Mumford & Sons formula while having broad crossover appeal.  Nevertheless, because their songs are stylistically so similar, I can see this being an album that I appreciate for about a year before putting it away for long periods at a time.  Summer Music.

So go check out “Little Lion Man” over at Teenage Kicks.  If you’re like me, you’ll keep it in the mix all summer.  Enjoy!

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