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Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #221 / 716
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Based on 141 ratings
2018 Ratings: #206
June 1, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
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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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay's drone-folk collaboration is a lovable fluffy yeti of a record.
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.
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.

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.
I imagine this is the kind of album Fiona Apple would make if she spent a few weeks sleeping on The Books’ couch.
Under The Radar

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

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.

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

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

Laura Marling's weirdest lyrics to me, and Mike Lindsay's best-produced project to date. The two unexpectedly created an album with such a strong cinematic feeling (Late to the Flight for example), something I would never have thought. Marling alone couldn't be farther from a cinematic sound, while Lindsay's production is really corny a lot of the times. Yet somehow LUMP exists, and some of these songs are seriously fantastic.
A cool, quirky little electronic album with some weird, surreal lyrics. Definitely worth a listen, I hope to hear more from this collaboration!
Lump is a product by Mike Lindsay Laura Marling. The former being the singer of the lomg running folk act Tuung and the latter being one of the most revered singer - songwriters of the past decade. Together on this unexpected collaboration they create an intoxicating style of Folk-tronica. Laura Marling's lyrics focus on odd subjects, such as flying, and the life cycle of a crab, while Mike Lindsay creates dreamy, lush backdrops for her ethereal voice to soar across. Of all the albums I've ... read more
I would probably love Laura Marling’s voice on top of just about anything, but I’m pleasantly surprised that folktronica proved such a good fit for her. LUMP, Marling’s collaboration with Mike Lindsay, fills out her songs with mixed analog-and-electronic arrangements, heavy on flutes and bass and effects, light on the acoustic guitar we’d expect from her. In short, it works. The arrangements are warmer than they initially seem — more eclectic than outré ... read more
This collab is right in my sweet spot honestly, Late to the Flight and Curse of the Contemporary are among my favorite songs of the year. Such a great, unexpected project from her and so different from her regular sound. I hope it isn't a one off.
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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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