By Zachary Swickey
Mumford & Sons have been laying low while working on the follow-up record to their breakthrough ’09 debut Sigh No More, and while album number two still isn’t finished, the British folk band has thankfully released a brand new track, “Learn Me Right,” which appears on the soundtrack to Pixar’s newest film, “Brave.”
While Mumford and Co. provide the music for the tune, 16-year-old English musician Birdy provides the vocals. Her name isn’t huge in the states, but she won the 2008 Open Mic competition in the UK. Birdy also recorded a cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” that got her plenty of positive attention.
“It’s quite fun doing a song for a movie rather than for an album. We liked the idea of having an orchestra in the background and having a girl like Birdy sing – it’s been quite liberating,” frontman Marcus Mumford said of the track.
“Brave” producer Katherine Sarafian was more than satisfied with what the band came up with. “‘Learn Me Right’ is an amazing song. I feel something every time I hear it,” she gushed.
“Mumford & Sons sketched out a piece that would do justice to the culminating moment of the movie, underscoring the emotion, heart and the lessons learned between mother and daughter,” she continued. “They really found that moment of truth in the story we were trying to tell and it takes the movie to a new level at the end.”
“Brave” features the voices of Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, and Emma Thompson. The film hits theaters on June 22 with the soundtrack being released three days before on June 19.
Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons will be touring the UK this summer as they road test new material from their upcoming sophomore record.