Mumford & Sons' new music video for Hopeless Wanderer starts out like any Mumford & Sons video should: Silent movie title card to announce the name of the song, followed by shots of a bright open field, and a guy hunched over a piano that looks like it's from the early 1900s, also dressed like his entire life is set in the early 1900s. When you notice that this man is actually The Office star Ed Helms, though, that's about when the similarities stop. And that guy on the guitar? That's only Jason Sudeikis. The one on the banjo? Jason Bateman, rocking a very Mumfordian beard. On bass? Oh, just Will Forte, rocking an even more Mumfordian beard. NBD.
With these guys starring, the video really does play out more like a Saturday Night Live skit than a legit Mumford & Sons video—but that's OK, because we're certain that was their intention anyway. Mumford & Sons albums are a hit and they've won a ton of awards, but there's still a bit of a running joke about how deeply folk their overall style can be. At the very least, they're aware of it, clearly not opposed to making fun of it (with their Grammys stacked up behind them, of course).
Some highlights: The shot of Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Will Forte plaything everything from a bass guitar to an accordion while floating around a middle-of-nowhere lake in a tiny canoe is likely the best thing we've ever seen in a Mumford & Sons video, followed closely by the shot of the four of them crying and hugging while they sing. Mumford & Sons songs are just, like, really emotional, OK?