I’m not often one for picking up live releases of songs I’ve already heard on albums, but this sensational EP from Walrus favourites Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling, and their newfound Indian friends The Dharohar Project, has made me rethink my whole approach. Recorded live at this year’s iTunes festival, the three artists have created an eight-track release that confirms that each are deserving of the title ‘artist’ – it’s interesting, diverse, unique and experimental, and captures the energy of their live performances wonderfully. Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing Mumford or Marling live will find themselves smiling their way through all eight tracks.
The standout track for me on this release is Marling’s ‘Devil’s Spoke’, where the collective nature of this EP comes together in a performance that sends your heart racing – hoedown meets raga as musicians from all three jump into the fray to create something that goes far beyond anything we’ve seen from Laura Marling or Mumford & Sons in the past.
This is an incredible release from two of the most exciting music-makers in the UK today. To see them going beyond the confines of the British and American folk traditions they are so clearly influenced by to work with musicians from a totally different culture and musical tradition is wonderful. I hope we’ll be seeing Indian influences on the next albums from both Laura and the Mumford boys.