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Mumford & Sons (music group)
First impression: Mumford & Sons 'Believe' single
First impression: Mumford & Sons 'Believe' single

The first salvo from Mumford & Sons’ forthcoming album “Wilder Mind” arrived Monday, the new single “Believe” largely abandoning the acoustic guitars, mandolins and banjos that had defined the group’s sound to date as the British neo-folk outfit enters the 21st century with electric guitars and synthesizers blazing. Marcus Mumford recently has said the group didn’t want to repeat itself forever, and it’s evident in “Believe” that the band is opening up new sonic territory, which Mumford says he considers to be “a development, not a departure.” “Believe” is an emotionally yearning, rhythmically...