“The switch is a triumph…Huge crowd-pleasing choruses…Simply put, the Mumfords rock” – The Telegraph
Mumford & Sons are pleased to unveil the video to their new single Ditmas, from the band’s critically acclaimed third album, Wilder Mind, which debuted at number one in six countries, including the UK and US, and giving the band their first Australian #1.
The video was shot on location in Kiev by director Alex Southam (Alt-J/John Grant/First Aid Kit).
Speaking of the experience, Southam explains:
“Whilst recently filming in Ukraine, I started doing some research and learning about Ukrainian Cossacks – their heritage, history, and associated spiritualism. I was surprised to learn that there is a small but ardent population who keep the traditions going. The narrative for Ditmas came about whilst discussing another idea for the band, when the suggestion of a cossacks were mooted. Cossacks are synonymous with incredible horesemanship, so it felt like a natural fit. Our character (Evgeniy) in the video has grown up within a cossack community.
“The video was shot in the stunning countryside surrounding Kiev which was something to behold. I spent a long time discussing our narrative and approach with Evgeniy, breaking down our narrative beat, as well as I could given the language barrier. Whilst the shoot was pretty brutal and unforgiving – particularly for our hero – we captured something really special.”
Ditmas (or Ditmas Park) is an artist-friendly neighbourhood in Brooklyn, and the location of Aaron Dessner’s
studio where Mumford & Sons wrote and demo’d much of Wilder Mind. It’s a song that emphatically showcases the band’s electric new sound, yet loses none of the intimacy or melody-rich appeal of the songs from their hugely successful albums, Sigh No More and Babel.
Since the album’s release, Mumford & Sons have hit the road on a sold-out headline tour of the US, whilst bringing the first of their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers to Seaside Heights (New Jersey) and Waverly (Iowa). Despite having only introduced these new songs into the live sets this year, Ditmas has quickly become a firm favourite.
Ditmas follows the release of the record’s introductory singles, Believe and The Wolf.
The band will hit Reading and Leeds Festivals in late August, before landing in Australia to play the stunning surrounds of Brisbane’s Riverstage, and will play their biggest local shows to date at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and a very special Gentlemen Of The Road event at Sydney’s Domain.
Secret Sounds & Gentlemen Of The Road Present
MUMFORD & SONS
Wilder Mind Tour & Gentlemen Of The Road Show At The Domain
Supported by The Music, Spotify
Tickets on Sale Now Visit secret-sounds.com.au for details
Saturday Nov 7, Riverstage, Brisbane
With special guests The Vaccines and Meg Mac
Thursday Nov 12, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
With special guests Future Islands and The Vaccines
Special All Day Event Presented by Gentlemen Of The Road
Saturday Nov 14, The Domain, Sydney
With special guests Jake Bugg (Acoustic), Future Islands, The Vaccines, The Jungle Giants, Meg Mac, Art of Sleeping
Visit secret-sounds.com.au for details
‘Wilder Mind’ in store now via Gentlemen Of The Road / Dew Process / UMA
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