LUMP | Beneath Radar journal

LUMP – Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay on their self-titled debut album

A surreal dream panorama

Oct. 17, 2018

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LUMP’s design concerned little dialogue: Laura Marling and Tunng frontman Mike Lindsay met at a Neil Younger after get together, and, after what Lindsay calls a “easy change of phrases,” LUMP was kind. Collaboration induces sudden artistic freedom. “We did not actually know one another very nicely earlier than we began doing this,” says Lindsay, “so it was a studying curve.I had no concept what it was going to be.

A hypnotic mixture of flutes, drones, synths and guitars, LUMP’s eponymous begin shares traits with a surreal quick movie soundtrack of solely 32 minutes (with the credit learn by Marling to shut the album in “LUMP is a Product”). Lindsay describes the writing course of as dictated by a algorithm: “Each observe needed to be just about tied to the identical key musically, which meant each music might go out and in of the others. The flute has this breathable high qualityand I needed the synths to have the identical power, the place they felt alive and pulsating.

He continues: “Laura used totally different voices for this album and it was great as a result of they grew to become devices in their very own proper.they weave out and in of those natural and digital textures.

This textured power assembles the report right into a layered composition of characters and voicesand Marling’s lyrics are embedded in that playful fairytale high quality, as in the event that they had been telling a dream panorama. Filled with vivid pictures and bizarre vignettes, in “Late to the Flight” Marling orders, “paint dots in your wrist to see me in your goals”; in “Rolling Thunder,” she sings, “I am a bit of sunshine caught in your backbone.”

Whereas writing the lyrics for LUMP, Marling was studying André Breton Surrealist manifesto, which particulars the visions of the surrealist creative motion of the Twenties. Their apply consisted of tapping into the “greater actuality” of the unconsciousone thing that LUMP attracts on lots. “I like the standard of the motion and the truth that he was making an attempt to make artwork with none emotionand inevitably the emotion goes with it, ”says Marling. This surreal playfulness is mirrored within the fluffy purple character LUMP on the report sleeve and within the album’s music movies. “The lyrics are so free,” Marling explains, “they do not level to a romantic state of affairs, they do not level to melancholy explicitly, and I really feel just like the lyrics are harmless so far as they’re involved. shouldn’t have an agenda. We thought that LUMP [the character] would have this identical mixture of childishness and tactile enjoymentand you may’t assist however undertaking some that means into it.

Marling and Lindsay say the recording course of concerned little or no dialogue, which each gave them a singular area to experiment. “Not realizing [Mike] nicely, I wasn’t very conscious of myself, and I feel that created a great area, ”says Marling. The collaboration, Lindsay agrees, felt “very pure and natural.the work gave the impression to be written. Laura’s phrases appeared to stream immediately. It was fairly particular.

[Note: This article originally appeared in Under the Radar’s Issue 64 (August/September/October 2018), which is out now. This is its debut online.]

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