On a scale from one to extra lumpy, Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay's latest collaboration as LUMP pushes the outer boundaries. In fact, looking back on their 2018 self-titled debut, the earlier album feels only to be testing the waters of where they could go. LUMP was melancholic and beautiful, distancing itself from Marling's solo work with pages from Linsday's folktronic coloring book.
Side-projects can be delicate things, best visited sparingly by those involved. On their 2018 debut, Laura Marling and Tunng's Mike Lindsay practically acknowledged as much, drawing the album to a close after a beguilingly slanted 32 minutes (spoken credits included). The duo tackled the follow-up with due caution, keen to sustain the spell, but the results suggest their "half-cute and half-dark and creepy" pairing stands on robust legs.