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Mumford and Sons Adding Synthesizers On Next Album?

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In a move that could make some diehard fans cringe, Mumford and Sons leader and namesake Marcus Mumford has revealed that the neo-folk rock band may replace some of the banjos on their next album with synthesizers.

No need to gasp, though. It’s not as drastic as it sounds. The Sons aren’t going the EDM route. However, the band plans to tinker with the formula and follow whatever new directions feel right.

As reported by the NME, Mumford told Style that the band will switch things up on their third record, which will follow 2012′s chart-topping ‘Babel.’

“We’ve always done what feels good, rather than what we’ve thought long and hard about, and we’ll do whatever feels soulful next, whether that’s with an electric guitar or a synthesizer,” Mumford said.

Ben Lovett concurred, saying that the group doesn’t want to wave the flag for just one style of music, namely alt folk. “It’s dangerous for us to talk about what we’ve been discussing for the third album, but we do have greater ambitions not to just stay within certain sonic,” he said. “We’re not going to be the band that stands for folk music or organic music.”

Banjo player Winston Marshall revealed earlier this month that the band is already working on new material and doesn’t plan to wait several years to drop their ‘Babel’ follow-up. While he said the songs are still taking shape, he called them “sturdy bones.”

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