LUMP
LUMP - LUMP
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #125 / 404
User Score
Based on 87 ratings
2018 Ratings: #82
June 1, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

Recorded in Lindsay’s London studio, Marling and Lindsay’s meeting of minds produced the cerebral LUMP, seven long, idiosyncratic, frequently ambient tracks.

83
A.V. Club
All that surrealist pop plays out over 30 minutes of interlocking songs, enough to keep you thoroughly entranced and get you hoping LUMP might soon inspire its hosts to deliver more.
80
Loud and Quiet
The result, what the pair are calling a “cyclical drone journey album”, is an intoxicating listen, a record that baffles as much as delights and revels in its weirder moments.
80
Northern Transmissions
For this team-up between Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay, the pair deliver a range of experimental and pop-infused writing that will certainly shock you. Given how indulgent the record is however, it can hit some abrasive reaches as well as stagnant loops just as often as iconic explorations in sound.
80
The Independent
Both artists sound far more liberated here than on each of their separate solo projects; it’s a collaboration many will want to continue.
80
Drowned in Sound
LUMP is its own entity, a synthetic hirsute creature born in Seuss’s whimsical wasteland – and while this first album only grants us a fleeting glimpse, Marling and Lindsay convey startling visions through their new vessel.
80
DIY
A perfectly contained six tracks, ‘LUMP’ trades Laura’s signature, breezy acoustic guitars for swelling synths, and pulls apart and rearranges her traditional song structures like they’re playdough.
80
The Guardian

However littered with in-jokes Lump may be, the songs that make up the duo’s debut album are never alienating. Instead, the record – which is underpinned by Lindsay’s ambient sound cycle – rings with an unusual but uncomplicated beauty.

80
NME
Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay's drone-folk collaboration is a lovable fluffy yeti of a record.
80
The Telegraph
A side project should be challenging and unusual; it should stretch the boundaries of the artists involved. Since that is what this characterful, strong, self-contained album does, you really have to like it or lump it.
80
God Is in the TV

Undoubtedly made in its creators’ image, LUMP is an eccentric but forthright child, one that will never pander to peer-group popularity, but will always gain acceptance through intelligence, sensitivity and honesty combined.

77
Pitchfork
The contrast between the amorphous band name and its sterile classification as a product mirrors the music throughout the record, which wraps prickly observations about lifestyle consumerism in bales of gorgeous melody and grumbling dissonance.
76
Sputnikmusic
I imagine this is the kind of album Fiona Apple would make if she spent a few weeks sleeping on The Books’ couch.
75
Under The Radar

LUMP, it seems, is a creature of its own will: a living, breathing piece of art.

75
The 405

LUMP is a creation that both composers stressed passed through them and they look upon parentally and this is evident as an articulation of the artistic detail of the contemporary, through Lindsay’s colourful soundscapes.

72
GIGsoup
Its six songs spin a web through childhood fairytales, a walk through a forest scored by chiming woodwinds, horns and dark synths.
70
musicOMH
The tracks ... balance deep, droning synths and fuzzy percussion with Marling’s folkish phrasing and occasional, vaulting shifts in pitch, to not much effect.
70
The Needle Drop
This debut collaboration between British singer-songwriter Laura Marling and Tunng co-founder Mike Lindsay delivers some texturally unique folktronica.
60
The Observer

Lindsay’s wonky music ... benefits hugely from the strength of Marling’s voice and persona.

Jul 2, 2018
76
Not what I expected, but it's certainly a cohesive and well-produced album. I pretty much love everything Laura Marling has done and this is no exception.

Best tracks: Curse Of The Contemporary, Hand Hold Hero, Shake Your Shelter
Jun 14, 2018
LepardRyan
50
My interest was piqued until the 2 minute mark of the second track. The rest is just bland. I only checked this thing out because of the horrendous cover art.
Jun 14, 2018
Anomise
79
Laura MarlingとMike Lindsayのコラボプロジェクト「Lump」のデビューアルバム。Lauraの軽やかで広がる声とアコギ、そして、音響的ノイズによる空間が居心地良さを作る。7曲とアルバムにしては少ない曲数だが、最後の曲を聴き終われば大満足。曲の壮大さとミニマムさにメリハリがあって非常におもしろいアルバム。
Jun 7, 2018
76
Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay come together for one of the most genuinely freaky and wildly experimental projects of the year so far. This is a major departure to the wordy, pristine Folk that Laura has mastered over the years, and in some ways you can argue that it’s one that she needed. The result is this very freakish, surreal, and very fun album filled with twists and turns from one minute to the next, as well as an indescribable genre. Now, if you’re going into this knowing ... read more
Jun 7, 2018
Sappy
80
Top Favorite: Late To The Flight
Other Favorites: Curse Of The Contemporary, May I Be The Light, Hand Hold Hero
Least Favorite: Lump Is A Product (Credits)
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Track List
  1. Late to the Flight
  2. May I Be the Light
  3. Rolling Thunder
  4. Curse of the Contemporary
  5. Hand Hold Hero
  6. Shake Your Shelter
  7. LUMP Is a Product (Credits)
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Added on: April 30, 2018