Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - LAURA BAR­TON

Star­tling col­lab­o­ra­tion from Laura Mar­ling and Mike Lind­say.

LUMP be­gan life as a sound cy­cle com­posed by Tunng founder Mike Lind­say, who then en­listed Laura Mar­ling af­ter a chance meet­ing at a Neil Young show. Lind­say’s com­po­si­tions are in­tri­cate, beautiful things, while Mar­ling’s lyrics draw on early- 20th- cen­tury sur­re­al­ism, Ed­ward Lear and Ivor Cut­ler, to dis­cuss in­di­vid­u­al­ism, pub­lic per­sonae and the pe­cu­liar­i­ties of modern life. Her voice at times seems dis­em­bod­ied, else­where it car­ries a heav­i­ness and a husk­i­ness, as on the tran­scen­dent Late To The Flight. It’s par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing to hear Mar­ling some­how un­teth­ered from the con­fines of be­ing Laura Mar­ling. The sense here is of two artists draw­ing creative sus­te­nance from new light.

Lis­ten To: Late To The Flight | Curse Of The Con­tem­po­rary

LUMP (Laura Mar­ling and Mike Lind­say): “Laura, I think the rug is alive…”

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