New Release, Video & Tour: LUMP (Laura Marling & Mike Lindsay) – LUMP / Curse Of The Contemporary

We’re delighted to bring you LUMP news!

LUMP is a collaborative project and album from Laura Marling, the Grammy-nominated, Brit award-winning singer-songwriter, and Mike Lindsay, the founding member of Tunng and Throws, and a prolific, Mercury prize-winning producer. The album, which was recorded in Lindsay’s subterranean London studio, will be released on 1st June

Today the duo share the album’s launch off, Curse Of The Contemporary. A steady, pulsing bassline divines a road-snaking off towards the horizon, which gives a sense of gazing out of a car window as mountains and palm trees rush by. Marling begins: “If you should be bored in California / I’m sure I’m not the first to warn you,” and as the song progresses, her words drip with ever more cynicism for the new age: “We salute the sun / Because when the day is done / We can’t believe what we’ve become / Something else to prey upon”

Take a listen via the sensational video, below…

The accompanying visuals was created by the motion graphics designer Esteban Diacono. Diacono’s body of work is diverse, having created music videos, game design, brand films, educational campaigns, live visuals, mapping projects, TV advertising, VFX and experimental projects and his work has been presented at various festivals globally. His video for Curse Of The Contemporary brings the LUMP character to glorious life, as the viewer accompanies LUMP on an imaginary journey

Esteban said the following about the video: “For me it was very important that this video was respectful of the spirit of Laura and Mike’s collaboration. I wanted to create a video that was joyful and interesting while at the same time retaining an innocent and tender overall vibe. I also wanted to touch on some of the topics that were important to Laura’s lyrics, but under a different look. Visually, I took inspiration from the idea of California as a Dream Factory, from the idea of big movie sets that could transform themselves, give shape and colour to dreams and spark the imagination…The video is fully animated, and LUMP was brought to life using motion capture technology.”

Curse Of The Contemporary is also available for Record Store Day on hyper-limited 12” translucent green vinyl

Marling and Lindsay will be touring LUMP this Summer, with appearances confirmed at Rough Trade East in London, Festival Of Voice, as well as two intimate shows in one night in Hebden Bridge, Manchester and London…

June 1 – London, Rough Trade East
June 2 – Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club (2 shows)
June 3 – Manchester, Band In The Wall (2 shows)
June 5 – London, Oslo (2 shows)
June 8 – Cardiff, Festival Of Voice
June 9 – Bristol, Rough Trade

And here’s some more info on the LUMP project…

LUMP was born of good timing and predestined compatibility. It began one night in mid-June 2016, when Lindsay was introduced to Marling after her show supporting Neil Young in London. On meeting, Lindsay and Marling discovered they had long been admirers of each other’s work.

Lindsay had been busy for some months composing an intricate, ambitious new sound cycle. His compositional style had evolved over the course of years of musical experimentation with Tunng, and during his time spent producing other people’s records while living in Iceland. He had arrived at a remarkably visual, colourful sound – a heady blend of wonked-out guitars, Moog synths and pattering drums, set against droning, coiling clouds of flutes and voices.

With the project in need of a lyricist and vocalist, Lindsay and Marling’s meeting of minds seemed all the more fortuitous. He quickly invited her to step into his world, and a few days later they retreated to the studio to unite their energies and create LUMP.

That world turned out to be somewhere Marling felt instinctively at home. Inspired by early-20th-century Surrealism and the absurdist poetry of Edward Lear and Ivor Cutler, she wanted to slice through the apparent emptiness of contemporary life. Her resulting creation is a bizarre but compelling narrative about the commodification of curated public personas, the mundane absurdity of individualism, and the lengths we go to escape our own meaninglessness.

The composers are keen to stress that LUMP is a creation that passed through them, and they look upon it parentally. It is their understanding that, now it has come into being, LUMP is the artist, and it will continue to create itself from here on. Lindsay and Marling will assist it as necessary.