“Well how should we proceed, without things getting too heavy,” Marcus Mumford sings at the start of “Grace,” the new song he released today from his upcoming solo album.
“Grace” comes hot on the heels of “Cannibal,” the deeply personal song he released two weeks ago. “Grace” feels like somewhat of a sequel to “Cannibal,” in the sense that Mumford references “that bomb” he dropped and wonders if he’ll ever be able to put that experience behind him. Though he does hold out hope: “There will come a time when it won’t feel just like living it over and over.”
And the energy is much different this time – where “Cannibal” remained (for the most part) quiet, “Grace” is a straight-up rocker, Mumford’s voice on top of a driving beat that keeps the song looking ahead and moving forward. “I hear there’s healing just around this corner,” he sings. “‘I’m still trying, still getting used to this place.”
The two songs are Mumford’s first steps into the world as a solo artist, outside his band Mumford and Sons – which he says is currently on hiatus.
“Grace” also features guest vocals from Danielle Ponder, who is supporting Mumford during select dates on his upcoming North American tour.
The tour kicks off with three dates in Colorado.
In addition to preparing for his album release and tour, Mumford took time out last weekend to support Joni Mitchell during her triumphant return to the stage at the Newport Folk Festival.
Mumford’s upcoming album, (self-titled), was produced by Blake Mills and features Brandi Carlile, Phoebe Bridgers, Clairo, and Monica Martin. It’s due out September 16.
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