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Mumford + Sons inspired by Led Zeppelin

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Mumford + Sons inspired by Led Zeppelin

Mumford & Sons' new album was inspired by Led Zeppelin and Radiohead.

The 'I Will Wait' hitmakers have revealed their latest LP 'Wilder Mind' takes notes of other artists' use of "space" in their tracks.

Marcus said: "I think all our favourite bands have albums that are really urgent, but they have so much space in them. You listen to an Old Crow album, and there's not a huge amount of space there.

"But you listen to a Led Zeppelin album and suddenly you actually hear the space because it's more defined by less of the noise going on. All our favourite bands, from Dire Straits and Fleetwood Mac to Radiohead, all go about it in interesting ways, and especially with a very lyrical band like ours, you have to be even more intentional about space."

The 28-year-old singer also insisted the new album was a much more "collaborative" project between him, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, Ted Dwane and the writers and producers they worked with.

He added to Rolling Stone magazine: "Everyone was writing what we thought were great lyrics. We've always said that it's a competition between songs rather than writers, so it's like, whoever writes it, if it's a good song, it's in.

"And so the boys kept coming up with a bunch of amazing lyrics that I found really fun to sing, and that was quite a liberating experience too - really enjoying, relishing singing someone else's lyrics.

"We're all so close now that it feels like it's much easier to empathise with each other than it's ever been, and because we know each other so well, you don't have to ask the awkward questions about what a lyric means."