LUMP is a collaborative 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 1stJune 2018 via Dead Oceans.
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.”
The accompanying video 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.
Marling and Lindsay will be touring LUMP this summer, with appearances confirmed at Rough Trade East in London, Hebden Bridge, Manchester, Festival Of Voice and Latitude as well as two intimate shows in one night at Oslo in Hackney on June 5th. Live dates are as follows:
June 1 – London, Rough Trade East instore
June 2 - Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club
June 3 - Manchester, Band In The Wall
June 5 - London, Oslo
June 5 - London, Oslo (second show)
June 8 - Cardiff, Festival Of Voice
June 9 - Bristol, Rough Trade instore
July 13 - Latitude Festival, Henham Park