Mumford & Sons will release their fourth studio album, titled Delta, on November 16th. The new record follows up 2015's Wilder Mind and 2016's South Africa-inspired EP. The lead single, "Guiding Light," made its debut on Thursday (September 20th) and the band is slated to perform the track live this Monday (September 24th) on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Although Wilder Mind found the band trading its acoustic instruments for electric guitars and anthemic songs, Delta sees them bringing back the acoustic instruments -- but putting them through production effects so that they’re often almost unrecognizable. The album also incorporates elements of electronica, rap, jazz and other new sonic territory for the British folk-rock quartet.
Frontman Marcus Mumford said about the disc's experimental nature, "After this record, we could go and make an electronica record and people wouldn’t be that shocked." Keyboardist Ben Lovett added that many of the lyrics on Delta were inspired by "the four Ds: death, divorce, drugs and depression."
Mumford & Sons plans to head out on a 60-date global arena tour later this year, with Lovett explaining, "The show’s going to be amazing . . . It’s a completely re-imagined version of a gig. No one’s ever done it, no one’s ever used arenas like this."