LUMP is the collaborative project 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. Their self-titled debut is out this Friday via Dead Oceans. On the heels of a dynamic performance of lead single “Curse Of The Contemporary” on Later…with Jools Holland, today the band unveils the third and final single off their album, “May I Be The Light.”
“’May I Be The Light’ was the weirdest one to pull together from the piece of music that Mike had,” explains Marling. “It’s in 5/4 and took a bit of getting my head around. The ‘Sign of The Times’ melody was one of those things that had been rolling around my brain for years and I finally found the right place for it.”
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 — 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. Inspired by early-20th-century Surrealism and the absurdist poetry of Edward Lear and Ivor Cutler, Marling wanted to explore the lengths we go to escape our own meaningless.
LUMP Tour Dates:
Fri. June 1 – London, UK @ Rough Trade East – SOLD OUT
Sat. June 2 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ The Trades Club (2 shows) – SOLD OUT
Sun. June 3 – Manchester, UK @ Band In The Wall (2 shows)
Tue. June 5 – London, UK @ Oslo (2 shows) – SOLD OUT
Wed. June 6 – London, UK @ Oslo (2 shows)
Fri. June 8 – Cardiff, UK @ Festival of Voice
Sat. June 9 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade Instore
Fri. July 12 – Mon. July 15 – Henham Park, UK @ Latitude Festival