Marcus Mumford has teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers on a new track called ‘Stonecatcher’ – listen to it below.
The song appears on the Mumford & Sons frontman’s first solo album, ‘(self-titled)’, out today (September 16) via Island.
Bridgers provide backing vocals on this delicate track: “Oh my God, we’re here again / Everything slows down to the lines in the sand,” they sing together in the chorus.
During a recent interview with NME, Mumford explained that the ‘Punisher’ singer-songwriter is his “long-time friend”, adding: “We’ve had a lot of conversations that have helped me a lot over the years.”
He continued, “I asked her if she would be willing to come and listen to something and if she wanted to sing on it. I put her where ‘Stonecatcher’ was and she said, ‘Man, did you the word ‘horrible’?‘ in a song? I told him: ‘Yes’. She said, ‘I’ll sing there!'”
You can listen to “Stonecatcher” here:
‘(self-titled)’ also includes appearances from Clairo (on ‘Dangerous Game’), Brandi Carlile (‘How’) and Monica Martin (‘Go In Light’). Prior to the release of the album, Mumford shared the singles ‘Cannibal’ and ‘Grace’.
In a four-star review, NME hailed the LP as “Mumford’s most elaborate studio recording to date; this album is the best of the musician’s career.”
He says: “While it’s certainly an emotional and often heartbreaking listen, it’s an album full of challenge, hope and faith. It shows that even after the deepest and most heartbreaking trauma, peace can be found some way and start anew.” new”.
Separately, Mumford spoke to NME about how some advice from Neil Young’s past inspired his first solo project.
Marcus Mumford will tour Great Britain and Ireland in November. He will follow up with an extensive North American concert series this fall (buy tickets here).