Delta is the fourth studio album by British band Mumford & Sons. It was released on 16 November 2018 through Gentlemen of the Road and Island Records. The album was recorded at The Church Studios in London with producer Paul Epworth. The album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and number two on the UK Albums Chart
While Mumford & Sons have never sounded as purely palatable as they do on Delta, they do so at risk of achieving total anonymity-the aural equivalent of unflavored Alka-Seltzer dissolving in a glass of milk. Somewhat bewilderingly, the album’s strongest moment comes when Mumford & Sons evoke their folksy roots: the moonlit ballad Wild Heart, buried in Delta’s back half, which showcases Mumford’s lovely vocal talents over brushed drums, tinkling piano, and a quietly strummed acoustic guitar.
Photo: Jim Bennett/Getty Images. Populist appeal, the logic seems to follow, involves touching as many demographics as possible, and bands that come in with a strong but very specific sound all seem to grow peculiar new interests right around album four.
Mumford & Sons – Delta. Label: Island Records – 7707102. Format: 2 Vinyl, LP, Album. Licensed To – Universal Music Operations Ltd. Notes.
The tour, Mumford and Sons' largest ever, kicks off on Delta's release day in Dublin and runs through next spring, including several North American stops in cities like Boston, Washington DC and two nights at Madison Square Garden. By this point, you could argue Mumford and Sons is approaching middle age as far as the lives of bands go, which might explain why they're comfortable shaking things up a little. The band enjoyed the process with Epworth so much they've actually already started on their next album with him and are set to head back into the studio in a few months. From the sound of things, they would have actually had to try hard not to enjoy the process.
Mumford & Sons became one of the most unlikely success stories of the 21st century thanks to a sound that combined the ancient authenticity of banjo-hammering folk music and the polished, anthemic pump of modern rock - like a horse and buggy designed in a Tesla factory
There’s a track on Mumford & Sons eclectic fourth record, ‘Delta’, that has three banjos layered on top of one another. There are some tracks on this album that contain up to seven banjos, but you’d never know, given that they’re obscured, recorded live and then sampled at super-producer Paul Epworth’s north London studio. Frontman Marcus Mumford recently told NME: We sampled like Skrillex and chopped up beats like Kanye. We’re a long way from ‘Little Lion Man’.