On Wednesday, British folk-rock outfit Mumford & Sons released a new single, “Blind Leading The Blind”, marking the band’s first new music since the release of their 2018 Delta LP.

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Mumford & Sons originally debuted “Blind Leading The Blind” in 2016 and initially recorded the tune during their Delta studio sessions. Over the past 18 months, the band has worked at “continually re-shaping, re-writing and generally re-imagining” the song.

Produced by Paul Epworth and recorded at The Church in London, Mumford & Sons were inspired to complete and release the new tune after accepting the John Steinbeck Award in September.

Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford shared his thoughts on the new song. He explained,

“Blind Leading The Blind” has been a song we’ve had up our sleeves for some time, which ended up being a catalytic song for much of our work on Delta, its themes and feelings, but that we never got round to finishing in time to put it on the original release. We’re proud that we’ve finally finished it, as it feels like one of the most challenging songs, thematically, that we’ve put out there, both for ourselves and our audience. It feels it’s becoming harder and harder to coerce yourself into a listening, present and unafraid disposition, but that’s the gauntlet we’re throwing down for ourselves.

Listen to Mumford & Sons’ new “Blind Leading The Blind” single below:

Mumford & Sons – “Blind Leading The Blind”

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Head to Mumford & Sons’ website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.