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By Kevin Rutherford

The dawning of a new era of Mumford & Sons is upon us with “Believe.”

The first single from the band’s upcoming album Wilder Mind, the song hit radio airwaves this afternoon, March 9, and it most certainly represents a departure from the band’s bluegrass-tinged beginnings, much like the band suggested in a teaser video last week and a subsequent interview with Rolling Stone during which they announced they had ditched much of their old sound in favor of more traditional rock elements.

Related: Mumford & Sons Announce New Album ‘Wilder Mind’

“Believe” lends itself most to Coldplay at its beginning, though guitarist (formerly: banjo) Winston Marshall eventually careens in with U2-styled guitar on a solo—yes, a solo! There are drums, too—rather than the usual stomping bass drum-and-cymbal percussion that underlies most Mumford songs.

“Say something/ say something/ something like you love me,” frontman Marcus Mumford sings over the driving percussion and cascading electric guitar.

Hear the song here.

Wilder Mind is Mumford & Sons’ third studio album and first since 2012’s GRAMMY Album of the Year-winning Babel. The album is set for a May 4 release and features production from Arctic Monkeys/HAIM producer James Ford.


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