LUMP – Animal

This intoxicating second album proves that LUMP – Laura Marling and Tunng's Mike Lindsay – are greater than the sum of their parts

Album Review by Katie Cutforth | 27 Jul 2021
  • LUMP - Animal
Album title: Animal
Artist: LUMP
Label: Partisan/Chrysalis
Release date: 30 Jul

It’s a rare privilege to glimpse an artist as if in an alternate universe. What would they make with a different combination of experiences, influences and collaborators? That’s the sense that LUMP evokes. Uniting folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling and producer Mike Lindsay of Tunng, it’s a mad marrying of worlds, a creation that sounds nothing like the sum of its parts. 

The pair return with Animal, a second record that is wild and visceral as the name suggests. Described as “half cute, half dark and creepy”, the record is a living, breathing paradox, sitting somewhere between robotic and deeply human.

Recorded at Lindsay’s home studio, Animal’s soundscape was built around an Eventide H949 Harmonizer, the same pitch-shifter that defined Bowie’s Low. By her own admission, LUMP for Marling is an irresistible escape, “a repository” for ideas that fit nowhere else. Stripped of the poise and narrative of her solo repertoire, Animal’s lyrics flicker easily between playful, grotesque and devastating, to be understood more by instinct than by logic.

From the bombastic earworm title track to the pulsating requiem that is Paradise, to the twisted pop spectacle We Cannot Resist, Animal is utterly intoxicating – something that cannot be contained. Surrender to it.

Listen to: Bloom At Night, Animal, Paradise