Single Review – Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal – There Will Be Time

I’ll be the first to admit, I was sceptical before I listened to Mumford and Sons’ new single ‘There Will Be Time’. I’ve never really “got” their appeal beyond white, middle-aged people who insist on telling everyone how they might be in their forties, but they’re still “young at heart”, have those horrific Live, Love, Laugh signs on display in their homes and think it’s appropriate to take their toddlers to festivals so that they can see Coldplay live in a field full of other sweaty, delusional grown-ups who also want to clutch onto the last remaining fragments of their youth (hint: it’s not. Hire a fucking babysitter, Janet). Not to mention the fact that Mumford and Sons seem to think middle aged men wearing waistcoats is acceptable genuinely scares me to my very core.
Despite this, within the first few seconds of my first listen, I found myself incomprehensibly drawn to this track. It feels earnest, honest and soulful, with a beautiful tenderness and an appealing, joyous warmth that is clearly a result of the work of collaborators Babaa Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg.
Taken from upcoming mini-album, ‘Johannesburg’, this track feels incredibly special, filling you with a sense of heartfelt optimism that doesn’t fade after several listens.

Katie Hayes