Mike Lindsay (Tunng etc) was probably pretty chuffed that he got introduced to ace songstress Laura Marling at a glittering show supporting Neil Young. Whereas I would have mumbled a few platitudes before fleeing the building, Lindsay became pally and the two decided to collaborate on a collaboration of wonked out guitars, moogs and wordplay. And is that a dog on the sleeve? We need to know.
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Well I have to admit I'm loving that big fluffy thing on the album sleeve and on the videos they've released to promote this record. You should see it dance....remarkable.
Also the music is unexpectedly brilliant. I'm sort of a fan of bits of Laura Marling not so much of Tunng though I admire they creativity but it takes just half a listen to 'Curse of the Contemporary' to know that this is pretty interesting stuff. It sounds both totally unique and a lot like Kate Bush. It's brilliantly weird pop but Marling's delivery is exceptional. She's swooping high one minute and the next thing you know chanting way down low. Great mystery pop music.
'Late to the Flight' is slower and perhaps more what I expected from the record. It has the denseness and richness of the last Grizzly Bear album, a slow burner with some nice production touches. Again Marling excels. 'May I Be The Light' is more abstract still. I'm not quite feeling this one yet but I'm impressed by Marling octave leaping without autotune.
I like what I've heard of the record so far but I love that big fluffy thing even more.
7/10 Ben Straughair Customer review, 21st June 2018
I don't really know anything about Laura Marling, Tunng nor Mike Lindsay, but with this Lump - Lump LP I don't think that matters. Against my better judgement I watched a recent episode of 'Later With..this is still on telly'. It was on the show that I saw Lump perform 'Curse of the Contemporary' which I'll be honest, captivated me from start to finish. I popped on the Norman site straight after and ordered the luscious green vinyl version of the self titled album. Following its speedily delivery I've had it on the platter at least once everyday since.
Its a very listenable, moreish blend of tape echo playfulness, reel to reel warmth, jangling rotary guitars and gorgeous folk choral vocals. The journey through the LP phases between relaxing delta wave hypnosis, interspersed with bursts of existential crises. Lyrically profound and sonically stimulating, I've heard tell the album is inspired by 20th century surrealism and the absurdist poetry of Edward Lear and Ivor Cutler. I don't know anything about those two either.. so thanks to Lump for a great album, a great listen and leading me to new cultural discoveries. Good show!
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