Monday, August 5, 2013

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons has absolutely nothing to do with the genre of cabaret music that we perform. But their new music video is so unusual that I thought it was worth sharing just for the sheer audacity and theatricality of it. There is something to be said for comedy and parody and every once in a while we take ourselves a bit too seriously in cabaret.

This is the official video for their new song "Hopeless Wanderer." But instead of using themselves, they enlisted the help of a celebrity cast to take on their roles in the band: Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Will Forte. Although they don't use prosthetics to become the alter-egos, it becomes obvious which of the quartet they are portraying. Most unrecognizable is Will Forte from SNL with his long burly beard. But the image of the folk troubadour gets a send up. Starting as earthy musicians in a golden field, then more ridiculous as a posse complete with instruments in a canoe, a bromance ensuing and trashing the entire band in an old barn. I am now a bigger fan of both the band and the actors involved. 

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