“Curse Of The Contemporary”
Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay have teamed together to form LUMP, an amazing grouping producing an equally intriguing and amazing album. As Bekki Bemrose so succintly states:
Lindsay began working on music outside of his respective bands, but eventually found himself in need of a vocalist. Marling and Lindsay met at a Neil Young show where Marling was appearing as the support act. They were both mutual fans of each other’s work, and thus the Lump project was born. Lyrically, Marling was inspired by the poetry of Edward Lear and Ivor Cutler, and the Surrealist movement. Musically, the duo married the modern folk of Marling’s output and the folktronica of Lindsay’s band Tunng.
This is definitely a marriage that works. What makes the music work are the way the riffs (that beginning riff will never leave your head) flow together and support the wonderful voice of Marling. It’s great to hear her singing in the higher register than usual (she can sing just about anything). Also, Lindsay has brought out a child-like quality that I was afraid was missing in some of Marling’s work. They sound like they are having fun, and I know I am. “Curse Of The Contemporary” has a Kerli-like innocence about it that is so refreshing. This is a great marriage, bringing out both of their strengths.