LUMP is the result of a collaboration between Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay of Tunng and they have just released the extraordinary composed and enigmatic title track ahead of the release of the album ‘Animal’. The album is out on 30 July 2021 though Chrysalis/Partisan Records. This is the pair’s first new music since the release of the acclaimed eponymous debut album in 2018.
The track is a delicious piece of alt pop – poised, distant and almost disembodied vocals over a bubbling synth base. Marling says of the track:
There’s a little bit of a theme of hedonism on the album, of desires running wild. And also it fed into the idea we had from the start of thinking of LUMP as a kind of representation of instincts, and the world turned upside down.
It is something childlike and grotesque and filled with possibility. 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.
Certainly, the track has an alien presence – something out of this world that is almost Arctic and chilling but so very compelling. The accompanying video has an engimatic presence:
The single is out now and available to download/stream here.
Feature Photograph: Steph Wilson