Babel
Album cover for "Babel." (Photo courtesy of Island Records and Glassnote Records)

by Rebecca Gordils

After touring with the release of their latest studio album, “Babel“, back in September 2012, Mumford and Sons seemed to slowly drop off the face of the earth.

The band toured around the U.S. and Europe for the next few months. But in June 2013, bassist Ted Dwane had surgery to have a blood clot removed from the surface of his brain, causing the rest of the tour to be cancelled. After Dwane’s recovery, the band was able to headline the Glastonbury Festival, and play a handful of two-day music festivals in selected cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. In September 2013, they announced they were going on hiatus. Dwane, however, said they will begin writing music again in February. On Feb. 16, Marcus Mumford announced a comeback tour scheduled for 2015.

“Babel” was the last studio album Mumford and Sons recorded before their hiatus, which produced five successful singles and hit number one on both U.K. and U.S. billboards, as well as being nominated for a Grammy and a Brit Award. The music found on “Babel” is a continuation of their authentic, bluegrass/folk inspired sound heard on their first album: “Sigh No More”.

Although not much has been heard recently from the band, their music retains popularity throughout the U.S. Over 600,000 copies sold in its first week and the album had the biggest selling debut of any album in 2012.