9th June | Rough Trade
LUMP have arrived, bringing with them a new spin on the supergroup model from the 70s. Two titans of indie folk musings, Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay, one of the founding members of the band Tunng, have come together in the form of LUMP. Perhaps it was their proximity to a member of one of the most iconic supergroups of the 20th century that sparked the collaboration, as they met when Laura Marling was supporting Neil Young on a European tour.
Mike Lindsay is best known as a member of Tunng, who proved to be ahead of the game in their sensitive combination of electronica and folk, releasing a chain of well-reviewed albums in the late 2000s and mid-2010s. With Tunng’s knack for intricately-layered instrumentation under unsettling and beautiful lyrics, it comes as no surprise that Lindsay has helmed the musical element of the collaboration, providing folk-friendly electronic accompaniments to Marling’s existential commentaries on modern identity.
After a stint as a member of the once-ubiquitous Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling rose to prominence alongside the likes of Mumford and Sons and Johnny Flynn in the late 2000s. She released her first album, Alas I Cannot Swim, at just 18, securing a Mercury Prize nomination and a longstanding relationship with Virgin Records. Although she released this album as one of a pretty large wave of similarly poetic and delicately-voiced singer/songwriters, Marling found enduring success, gaining a BRIT award in 2011 and releasing five top ten albums in a row. Her most recent album, Semper Femina, was even nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album.
See the video for ‘Curse of the Contemporary’ here: