January 23, 2014

Mumford & So On

As you can see in the picture below, Marcus Mumford and his dudes are laughing out loud, very loud. The reason? Irrelephant has set up a casting call to find bands with a similar style and the same vibratory pattern of the vocal folds as mr. M. Poor guys! They must be totally exhausted after having toured extensively in support of their two albums and delivered headline sets and countless gigs around the world. In fact, they are now taking a considerable amount of tour off, just going back to hanging out, and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that.

I've always had a spot in my heart for Americana folk and country-western line dancing. In fact, people tend to label me as weird when I was a kid. Nevertheless, this style has been so popular in recent years, and there are many bands touring their way to a vast market throaty folk that's strong on banjo, rhythmic ukelele, acoustic guitars and bass drum; featuring happy and cheerful whistling, glockenspiel melodies, tom toms and handclaps.

AFAIAC, for personal reasons that are neither here nor there, I started to take a dislike to M&S. Just a little bit, though. So I began a conscious searching for resembling outfits that, somehow, might replace their music (temporarily). Finally, after a lot of effort, I have found the twenty very best candidates who match exactly the specifications. Seriously, the sound of all these “sons” is just as good as their parents'. And, folks, you see, I do like them but I don't understand why critics praise these guys to the skies when there are other truly great bands today.

At first, I draw up an exhaustive list of more than eighty artists sharing common melodies and rythms, but trying to shorten the tracklisting, I had to exclude some singers like Vance Joy and groups, such as Charles Blitzen or Tin Sparrow, because their lead singers are males with high pitched voices compared to Marcus'.

Now I'm going to ask you a favor. We should meet with the band that most closely matches the original, and I need your opinion and vote in the survey at the end of the post. Comments and suggestions would be also appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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1 comment:

Steph said...

Old Crow Medicine Show! Been a fan for years :)