What does it sound like?:
It is early June and I have just heard my favourite album of the year so far. Lump is a collaborative work between Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay of Tunng – a band I know by name but who I have not knowingly heard anything by. Apparently they met at a Neil Young gig and being admirers of each others work decided on this joint effort. Lindsay provides guitars, bass, loops, programming and all sorts of electronica. Laura wrote the songs and sings. The sound is absolutely delightful – Laura’s vocal range is breathtaking and quite different to her own work. How do I describe the songs on here? Firstly there only 6 and a short instrumental outtro but no song is superfluous to the overall album. There are some great loops that remind me of a slowed down Georgio Moroder for the 21st century particularly on standout track Hand Hold Hero which has a great layered vocal and some great electronica.
At times Laura’s voice recalls Melanie de Biasio and make no mistake this is a soundscape rather than a singer songwriter affair. Another standout is Curse of the Contemporary and the only slight complaint I have is the album at around 31 minutes is a tad too short and leaves the listener yearning for more which I guess is no bad thing in these days of overblown 75 minute albums.
However if you buy from Rough Trade you also get an exclusive cd with 2 non album tracks and two remixes of the songs I highlighted. All in all a fabulous release and one that will make me seek out Tunng.
What does it all *mean*?
It is nice to get an unexpected surprise in a genre that I wouldn’t ordinarily associate with Laura Marling – I like her sense of experimentation and if this is a sign of things to come than I heartily endorse it.
Goes well with…
I have listened in the car over the last two days – the song Hand Hold Hero I played maybe 10 times – it was gripped me like no other song so far this year. Sensational. I really hope there is more to come.
Might suit people who like…
Hard to say but maybe Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man, Massive Attack and later period Low.
Don’t be put off by the name or the cover – they don’t do the music justice.