LUMP is a duo comprised of singer/songwriter Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay from the alt-folk combo, Tunng. They met at a gig, or the afterparty of a gig, and hatched a plan to work together. Marling has made a half-dozen perfect/near-perfect albums – time for a change; extend the palette, do something – ever so slightly – different. She’s on path to be considered one of the true modern greats. Hasn’t put a foot wrong. But this collaboration takes her away from her folk and Americana song settings.
Lindsay is great at wonky textures and warm, weird song-settings. He know folk music shapes – but more importantly knows how to fuck with them. The result is this seven-track mini album LUNG.
Marling is immediately recognisable on the pastoral opener, Late To The Flight. In fact her voice – such a voice – is there on every song, guiding, soaring. And certainly as it bubbles up over the electronic pulse of May I Be The Light it has all the qualities from her solo work.
But there are new ideas here – definitely. This is most certainly a side-project. Something that might rest as an intriguing one-off, or could become a regular thing that evolves. Lindsay’s production and playing is great throughout, making new places for Marling’s voice to sit (Rolling Thunder).
But actually this project bursts with life and ideas – and is possibly a reminder to check out the super-fine work of Tunng – a band I loved but simply forgot to check back in on.
The closing track, LUMP is a Product, has Laura Marling reading the production credits and instrumentation in an icy, detached voice over a glacial waft. She names herself as the singer, lyricist and flautist – it’s a piece of slight performance art, a get-out-of-jail-free card. But I hope they return. I think this LUMP album/EP is one of the finest things I’ve heard this year.
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