Leigh MichaelWednesday,7 August 2013

The Snap:

Earnest (overly-so?) Brit folk-rock band Mumford & Sons recently released a music video for “Hopeless Wanderer,” one of the tracks off of 2012’s enormously successful Babel. At the core, the theme aligns with their past films: sun-dappled meadows, tweed vests, rustic barns, and facial hair abound.

But the video also stars comedians Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis, each of whom brilliantly impersonate the four original band members in a way that… Never mind. You’ll just have to see for yourself.

The Download:

Mumford & Sons is killing it. Since the sometimes jolly/sometimes introspective crew got together in 2007, they’ve been churning out award-winning songs that can heard in virtually every corner of the planet. I have always had a weakness for traditional folk-inspired stuff (I listen to The Chieftains more often than I would care to admit), and these guys are no exception. That being said, hearing them in every store, restaurant, car radio, tv ad, and Pandora station has done a bit to temper my enthusiasm.

I think they deserve the generous bounty of accolades that they’ve received for both Sigh No More and Babel. But would it be criminal to say that their lyrics (many of which dangerously toe the line between introspective and downright emo) combined with their formulaic dramatic music videos seem to say that Mumford is taking itself a wee bit too seriously?

They did, after all, manage to transform Idris Elba (Wire fans — if you haven’t seen Luther yet, lock your doors, get 911 on speed dial, and watch Luther) into a sappy dude frolicking with large deer and tasting espresso grounds with a childlike sense of wonder via “Lover of the Light.” Yes. This happened. I don’t even know if I would recommend that you watch it… But if you do, stick around for 3:50, when he euphorically takes off on a journey to a dramatic cliffside. Memorable moments.

So I am all about “Hopeless Wanderer.” Mumford & Sons seem to say: “Yeah, we know, we were taking this scary path of taking ourselves too seriously. Sorry about that – hope this makes up for it.”

Guys, all is forgiven.

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Hat Tips:

Mumford & SonsiTunes, YouTube, Image Credit: Flickr

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