More like Mumford & Sons?
March 1, 2011 7:47 AM   Subscribe

I have been listening to Mumford & Sons today. I really like their sound. Who else would you guys recommend I listen to for more music like this?
posted by The Violet Cypher to Media & Arts (31 answers total) 73 users marked this as a favorite
The Avett Brothers
posted by tacoma1 at 7:53 AM on March 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

The Avett Brothers, especially I and Love and You. You might like Fleet Foxes too.
posted by smorange at 7:53 AM on March 1, 2011 [2 favorites]

Maybe Two Gallants?
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 7:59 AM on March 1, 2011

Laura Marling is part of the same scene as Mumford.

The first time I heard Megafaun, I thought "hippie Mumford!"
posted by padraigin at 8:03 AM on March 1, 2011 [2 favorites]

The Felice Brothers are my favorite family of bearded alt-country folk rockers.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:05 AM on March 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

And if you're going to mention Laura Marling, you should probably also check out Noah and the Whale, who are also part of London's tight-knit folk scene.

On the other side of the pond, I'd highly recommend Nathaniel Rateliff.

Josh Ritter is great too, but might not be exactly what you're looking for.
posted by schmod at 8:09 AM on March 1, 2011

(Oh, and just for kicks, throw Mumford & Sons into Pandora. Pandora isn't always 100% perfect, but my Mumford & Sons station on it is pretty consistently great)
posted by schmod at 8:11 AM on March 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

I haven't met a Mumford and Sons fan who didn't love Fleet Foxes.
posted by sleeping bear at 8:25 AM on March 1, 2011 [2 favorites]

King Creosote.

He also runs a nu-folk record label called the Fence Collective which has a lot of awesome artists in this vein.

Disclaimer: They are based in my hometown here in Scotland, but I don't know them.

Doesn't love Fleet Foxes... :)
posted by TheOtherGuy at 8:38 AM on March 1, 2011

You might like Frightened Rabbit.
posted by estlin at 8:42 AM on March 1, 2011

Depending on what about their sound you like (the mood?) Songs: Ohia and the rest of Jason Molina's stuff might be up your alley.
posted by cmoj at 8:42 AM on March 1, 2011

Chris Bathgate's new single No Silver just hit 10K downloads in the last week. You might likey.
posted by timsteil at 8:43 AM on March 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

Blind Pilot's album, 3 Rounds and a Sound, might be right up your alley.
posted by sparkatito at 8:45 AM on March 1, 2011

If you take a slight left-turn from Mumford into more electric territory, you open up wonderful stuff like Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad.
posted by jbickers at 8:49 AM on March 1, 2011 [3 favorites]

I heard a song of theirs on the radio recently and until I used my Shazam app, I could've sworn it was a new song by Matt Hires.
posted by litnerd at 9:08 AM on March 1, 2011

If you only know about their album, you may not have seen the EP they played on with Laura Marling and an Indian group. I mention it because I was surprised to see it and have enjoyed it a lot.
posted by immlass at 9:20 AM on March 1, 2011

Response by poster: Wow thanks everyone for all the great recommendations. I will have to give all this a listen.
posted by The Violet Cypher at 9:30 AM on March 1, 2011

Laura Marling is amazing amazing (to second padraigin).
posted by threeants at 10:03 AM on March 1, 2011

Yeah - the standard answer to this is pretty much the London folk scene and associated acts: Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn, Emmy the Great, Jeremy Warmsley, Noah and the Whale, Sons of Noel and Adrian, Alessi's Ark.
posted by turkeyphant at 10:45 AM on March 1, 2011 [2 favorites]

Old Crow Medicine Show

And, poke around No Depression.
posted by peagood at 10:57 AM on March 1, 2011

Best answer: Horse Feathers: Working Poor, Rude to Rile, Starving Robins.

Check out this question.
posted by Viola at 10:58 AM on March 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

Trampled By Turtles
posted by catastropher at 12:06 PM on March 1, 2011

Going back in time, try "The Men They Couldn't Hang" and maybe even the Pogues.
posted by nicktf at 12:13 PM on March 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

Also from the same West London scene as M&S, Noah & The Whale and Laura Marling is Johnny Flynn (oh, on preview see he's already been mentioned).

Echoing the Fleet Foxes suggestion, first time I heard M&S they reminded me a lot of FF.

Oh, Villagers. Definitely Villagers. And maybe The Low Anthem. And Midlake. And maybe Phosphorescent.

Sort of a leftfield suggestion, but M&S have been playing with Ray Davies, so you could try the Kinks (think 'Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society' rather than stuff like 'All Day and All of the Night').

If you like something a bit more downbeat try Sun Kil Moon or Bon Iver. Beirut are great, too.

(Most of those are a bit more leftfield than M&S, but you are bound to like some of them, depending on what exactly you like about M&S).

And seriously, look through the lineups at this festival (earlier years at the bottom of the page). A lot of it is in this genre (Mumfords played bottom of the bill there in 09 before they had an album out).
posted by Infinite Jest at 12:57 PM on March 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

I realize that this question has been answered, but I'd like to chime in for all the other people who want similar music, too. And I'm going to have to second Horse Feathers, and add that if you like things that are more fiddle-y and light and soft, but still folk and wonderful, then check them out. Finch on a Saturday is a wonderful song.
If you like more country folk, try Old Crow Medicine Show.
Also try Devil Makes Three is more blues/folk/bluegrass.
posted by shesaysgo at 1:42 PM on March 1, 2011

(Oh, and just for kicks, throw Mumford & Sons into Pandora. Pandora isn't always 100% perfect, but my Mumford & Sons station on it is pretty consistently great)

So true! I added Josh Ritter, The Avett Brothers, and Sondre Lerche to it for variety, and now the station churns out the best music for hours.
posted by pecknpah at 5:12 PM on March 1, 2011

Yeah there are certain rollicking Pogues songs that kind of work here. Take If I Should Fall From Grace With God, for example. Pardon the awful sound quality of this video.

Not quite the same thing, but it brings to mind the intro stompy beat and ceilidh-style outtro of Lick The Tins' version of Can't Help Falling In Love. Not so much the middle part of the song, but that's still got the nice traditional instrument mix.

Speaking of a rich, multi-layered traditional instrument mix, the first Crash Test Dummies album was superb for this, and for every song except the one it was known for (The Superman Song). All of their subsequent stuff was horrible, but this was wonderful. Twangy, banjos, mandolins, guitars, bass, harmonica, accordion, tin whistle, cello, fiddle, pedal steel, piano, snappy snare. It's a happier and less emotional vibe than Mumford, but there are so many lovely instruments going on at once. Comin' Back Soon, The Ghosts That Haunt Me, Winter Song

OK not really the same thing at all, but the banjo - she calls me. Loudon Wainright III - The Swimming Song
posted by Askr at 5:39 PM on March 1, 2011

I'll add Withered Hand to the list. +1 for Frightened Rabbit, Johnny Flynn and King Creosote!
posted by HerArchitectLover at 12:14 AM on March 2, 2011

Meursault, a Glaswegian band, is pretty great. More raw and rough than Mumford, I find.
posted by Devika at 7:18 PM on March 2, 2011

(I know I'm a bit late to the party but:) I was inspired by the suggestions here and I picked up an album by Horse Feathers. At the same time, I downloaded one by The Head and the Heart, who I think are along similar lines. (I heard about them from NPR's Song of the Day, which, if not the indie-cred-est way to hear about bands, is pretty good for this style of music.) And there's even a free download at the site in my link.
posted by mlle valentine at 5:17 PM on March 3, 2011

I have to second Blind Pilot. I think they're somewhat underappreciated, maybe because the songs come off as rather poppy on first listen. They do have great hooks, but the songs are rather exquisitely crafted & have a lot of depth without feeling at all laborious.
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