.
http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/461053e674a693623710dcd2bc95a6ba0f74d6df.jpg Dharohar Project, Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons (EP)

Dharohar Project, Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons

Dharohar Project, Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons (EP)

Glassnote
Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 3 0
December 7, 2010

On their debut, Sigh No More, English quartet Mumford and Sons cooked up rousing, romantic folk rock perfect for sloshed barroom singalongs, earning two Grammy nominations in the process. For this EP, they took a page from the George Harrison playbook, recording in Delhi, India, with fellow touring partner Laura Marling and a nine-member collective of Rajasthani musicians called the Dharohar Project. The result sounds like a pub band crashing an Indian wedding: "Devil's Spoke," which Marling originally cut as a quiet, unassuming acoustic tune, is turned into a lively foot-stomper, thanks to Winston Marshall's banjo and Dharohar Project's wailing vocals and clacking, polyrhythmic percussion. Mumford and Sons' "To Darkness," a sleepy B side, is reborn as a celebratory yawp, with new lyrics and a slow-burning backbeat that eventually explodes into joyful cacophony. The next logical step in Mumford and Sons' career? Sitar lessons.

Video: Mumford & Sons Play Exclusive Acoustic Set Live at Rolling Stone

prev
Album Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Santa Monica”

    Everclear | 1996

    After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com