LUMP (Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay) Share Animated Video for “May I Be the Light”

Video Directed by Beth Jeans Houghton (aka Du Blonde)

Nov 20, 2018
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LUMP is a new band that teams up Laura Marling and Tunng's Mike Lindsay. Their self-titled debut album, LUMP, came out back in June via Dead Oceans. Now they have shared a video for the album's "May I Be the Light." Beth Jeans Houghton (aka musical artist Du Blonde) directed the animated video. Watch it below.

Houghton had this to say about the video in a press release: "The video for 'May I Be the Light' is hand animated, meaning each frame is hand drawn on tracing paper and then placed in a sequence. I was fortunate enough to see LUMP at one of their live shows a while back and was blown away, so to be able to animate one of my favorite songs from their record was a delight. A feature of their live shows is Laura's silence between songs. An enigmatic soul flanked by two energetic guitar players. I wanted to capture the ethereal quality of her presence through animation."

Read our recent interview with LUMP.

Previously LUMP shared a video for its first single, "Curse of the Contemporary" (which was our #2 Song of the Week), as well as its second single, the atmospheric slow-burner "Late to the Flight" (which was also one of our Songs of the Week). Then there was a video for "Late to the Flight" and the band also performed "Curse of the Contemporary" on the BBC music show Later... with Jools Holland. Then they shared the audio of "May I Be the Light" (which was also one of our Songs of the Week). Then they shared a remix of "May I Be the Light" by IYEARA (a trio featuring The Duke Spirit's Toby Butler, producer Malcolm Carson, and singer Paul O'Keef), which was one of our Songs of the Week.

Marling and Lindsay met when Marling supported Neil Young at a London show in June 2016 and they discovered that they were mutual fans of each other's work. The collaboration grew from there.

A previous press release explained some of things that influenced Marling's lyrics for LUMP: "Inspired by early-20th-century Surrealism and the absurdist poetry of Edward Lear and Ivor Cutler, she wanted to slice through the apparent emptiness of contemporary life. Her resulting creation is a bizarre but compelling narrative about the commodification of curated public personas, the mundane absurdity of individualism, and the lengths we go to escape our own meaninglessness."

Marling's last album, Semper Femina, was released in 2017 via More Alarming Records, which is Marling's own label via Kobalt Music Recordings. Meanwhile, Tunng released a new album, Songs You Make At Night, back in August via Full Time Hobby.

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