Hey! Ho! Eh! Oh! Whoa! Banjo! Go!
Music today is different than the music of yesterday which will change with tomorrow. That much we know. But it is interesting to see the flare and tone of tunes from yesteryear reappare in a modern context. Think turn of the 20th century folk tunes but add an accouistic guitar, indie rock tempos, and some Apple devices into the mix. Shake, stir, stomp, and pour. Instant nouveaux niche success.
One of the biggest bands to trend this nature currently riding the airwaves is hipster heaven sent Mumford and Sons. They are a multi-talented all lad band who rock out on banjos like it is 1899. With a distinctive olde tyme twang about them this band has skyrocketed into the musical limelight and pushed aside the techno-enhanced songs of Kanye, Nicki Garglemouth Minaj, wrecking ball Miley Cyrus et al. And you know what? That is a good thing.
With hit songs like Little Lion Man and I Will Wait what’s not to appreciate and enjoy about these guys? Sure their sound may seem to reach far back into the technological void known as the past but today’s reality is built on yesterday’s foundation. Taking something old and giving it a good polish to make it new again is just a wonderful way of cycling in a bit of history. And let’s be honest here, today’s pop culture landscape could use a bit of spruching up with the golden olden days. Mumford has kicked open the barn door and where they lead others, like The Lumineers, will take up strumming instruments and follow.
Until next time, Happy Listening.