Mumford & Sons recently stopped by the BBC Live Lounge to promote their new album, Delta. They were also in the UK for the beginning of their international Delta Tour. While there, the British alt-rockers teamed with Petr Aleksander and the London Contemporary Orchestra to put their own stamp on Ariana Grande’s hit song “breathin.”
Lead vocalist Marcus Mumford altered the melody of the track enough to infuse it with a rock-tinged vibe. When the LCO strings kicked in, the song took on a dramatic, sort of ethereal feel that’s vastly different from Grande’s dance-pop sensibility on the original. Overall, there’s a full-bodied, lush sonic quality to Mumford’s spin on it.
Grande injects her soulful, R & B signature sound into the vulnerable song as she’s singing about struggling to cope with anxiety. Mumford & Sons ultimately deliver a different tone, which makes an exquisite cover.
(Watch the entire BBC Live Lounge “breathin” cover above).
Mumford & Sons have recently enjoyed huge success with their fourth studio album, Delta, debuting atop the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S. The album debuted at No. 2 in the group's native UK. It was edged out of a No. 1 debut by Michael Bublé’s newest album, Love, which dropped the same day. Delta was preceded by the lead single, “Guiding Light,” which the band also performed during their BBC Live Lounge visit. The album follows the Grammy-winning group's 2015 album Wilder Mind.