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Wednesday 04 August 2021

New Prog-Indebted Highlight From Laura Marling & Mike Lindsay's Second Album Length Lump Release

LUMP – the product of London singer-songwriter Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay of the band Tunng – have shared prog-indebted highlight from their newly released second album Animal.
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Half cute, half dark and creepy, the songs Marling and Lindsay create as LUMP are unlike anything from either of their respective other projects. 

Marling's lyrics are spontaneous, immediate, and playful (she drew heavily on her interest in psychoanalysis). 

Meanwhile Lindsay creates an accessible electronic palette that borders on psychedelic. 

Animal was recorded at Lindsay's home studio in Margate, Kent and primarily constructed around his Eventide H949 Harmonizer, the same pitch-shifter David Bowie used on Low. 

Laura Marling says of new track Gamma Ray: 

"The lyrics are all just nonsense writing, but I always had in my mind a story I'd heard about my Dad's cousin dying. 

"He died very young, he committed suicide sadly, obviously long before I was born.


"He was incredibly good looking and everyone loved him, and when they tolled the bell at his funeral two of my Dad's sisters fainted. They were so overcome. 

"'Gawping' comes from French singer Georges Brassens, who did a really weird song called 'Brave Margot,' and in the translation there is something about the men 'gawping'."

"LUMP is so the repository for so many things that I've had in my mind and just don't fit anywhere in that way," Marling continues

"They don't have to totally make narrative sense, but weirdly they end up making narrative sense in some way." 

The project became something liberating and distinct; she adds: "it became a very different thing about escaping a persona that has become a burden to me in some way. It was like putting on a superhero costume." 

Lindsay said: "There"s a little bit of a theme of hedonism on the album, of desires running wild. 

"We created LUMP as a sort of persona and an idea and a creature. 

"Through LUMP we find our inner animal, and through that animal we travel into a parallel universe."

Lump's new album 'Animal' is out now. They play Patterns, Brighton on 5th September 2021.

by: Mike Cobley




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