Band confirm hip-hop discussions with Jay-Z
michael baggs
14:49 25th February 2013

Mumford & Sons have spoken about taking a new direction on their next album - including hip-hop and psychedelia.

The band have already started work on the follow-up to 2012's Babel, but don't expect to hear it anytime soon as it could take quite a few years.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, keyboardist Ben Lovett said, "I do feel like we're ready to make the departure. There's definitely cohesion between the two albums [2010's Sigh No More and Babel].

"Now that we've done that, we're not desperate to walk away from that sound, but we're willing to explore what else we could do. These two albums are like brothers. Do something that's a cousin."

Band member Marcus Mumford added, "We definitely had a graduation to go through with the sound that we had through Sigh No More to Babel, and that sound to us feels satisfied.

"And that's a sound we'll always play. The world has been really supportive of those songs, but then there's other sounds we want to make."

When asked what kind of sounds, he joked, "Like, hip-hop. We really want to rap. We've just got so much to say – saying it through a melody doesn't really work for me. We've been talking with Jay-Z about it, you know. It's gonna be a fresh experience for our band."

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The magazine also asked Mumford & Sons if they might be making a psychedelic album, to which banjo player Winston Marshall said, "We could do that," and bassist Ted Dwane agreed, "That might definitely happen."

However, Marshall did add, "S**t. It might take a few more years than it took to make Babel."

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