Mumford & Sons have announced their highly anticipated sophomore album, "Babel," will be released on Sept. 25 and include twelve new songs from British folk-rockers. Produced by Markus Dravs, who helmed the multi-platinum debut "Sigh No More," the album started to take shape after the foursome reluctantly took time off from touring.
"We had started writing new songs well before we got into the studio to record," the band says. "At first, we peeled ourselves off the road quite reluctantly. We love playing live, obviously, but it had also become an important part of our creative process, we had been writing and rehearsing in soundchecks, and sort of 'road-testing' new songs on our very gracious audiences. But then we fell in love with recording again."
The cover for "Babel" shows the London-based band -- Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane -- seated in front of what looks to be a lively English party complete babies, beer and a horse. Song titles, being released on Glassnote, include "Whispers in the Dark," "Holland Road" and "Broken Crown."
They say the new songs are a "natural progression" from 2009's "Sigh No More," which has sold 2.3 million copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
"As a band, we've never been closer or more collaborative, all working to our strengths," they say. "And so we feel that this record is a natural progression that we're proud of, and we cannot wait to take it out on the road."
Mumford & Sons will compete with Green Day whose new album Uno! also drops on September 25. The album's first single "Oh Love" hit the internet and airwaves earlier this morning. Check out the official lyric video below.
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