Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 30/07/21

Album of the Week – 30/07/21

This week we’ve a few good Irish releases including Ali Comerford (Knots), Meljoann (H​.​R.) and John Francis Flynn (I Would Not Live Always), all of which are featured below! There’s also a remix EP from William Cashion of Future Islands fame (Postcard Music Remixes EP).

The big release of the week is from Billie Eilish with her album Happier Than Ever, but we decided to ignore it on the basis that we’ve found better!

There’s an album released today that we’ve been talking about and looking forward to since it was first announced in May. Yes, when Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay get together, things get very Lumpy indeed! The band are back with their second album and it’s definitely worth an hour of your time. See what you think below…

Album of the Week – LUMP – Animal

“Animal”was recorded at the Lindsay’s home studio in Margate, Kent.

LUMP’s debut was released in the summerof 2018, unveiling a world that was tangibly different to their work apart, sonically “so vivid and sort of psychedelic,” Marling says, “and the lyrics so un-thought through”.

As with the first album, Marling would arrive in the studio without having heard any of Lindsay’s music, with the hope that it would bring the lyrics an immediacy and a spontaneity. Having become interested in psychoanalysis, she found she drew heavily on her psychoanalytic texts for this album’s lyrics. “I was taking the train down and I had prepped by putting a glossary of words in the back of my notebook,” she says. “Ordinary words that are used differently within psychoanalysis, like ‘object’ and‘master’; I felt I needed something to base the lyrics off. I like the idea that psychoanalysis attempts to investigate the routes of desire.

There were other sources too: half-memories, family stories, strange dreams; things she had read, or been told or imagined. “LUMPis so the repository for so many things that I’ve had in my mind and just don’t fit anywhere in that way,” Marling says. “They don’t have to totally make narrative sense, but weirdly they end up making narrative sense in some way.”It was trickier second time around. Both felt the pressure to create an album as instinctive and magical as the first. For Marling there were other challenges too. Having moved to a coastal town, Lindsay had been inspired to begin writing music somewhat inspired by the sea now on his doorstep. “Waves go in circles of seven, so I started to write all the music in seven form,” he explains. “But the thing is pulling out the rhyming pattern in the tracks that were written in 7/4 was very difficult for my brain to get my head around,” says Marling.

Albums of Note –

— H​.​R. – Meljoann

— Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever

— LUMP (Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay) – Animal

— William Cashion (of Future Islands) – Postcard Music Remixes EP

— John Francis Flynn – I Would Not Live Always

— Ali Comerford – Knots

Albums Released July 30th:

— Alan Vega – Alan Vega After Dark

— Alex Rex – Paradise

— Aretha Franklin – Aretha

— The Awakening – Mirage (Reissue)

— Axel Rudi Pell – Diamonds Unlocked II

— Batsch – Attend Every Party

— The Beach Boys – Feel Flows – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971

— Big Big Train – Common Ground

— Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever

— Binding Spell – English Basement

— Bleachers – Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night

— Blues Traveler – Traveler’s Blues

— Brilliant Colors – The Ultimate Dream. Plan B: Disposal Of Humanity

— Bryan Ferry – Another Time, Another Place (Vinyl Reissue)

— Bryan Ferry – The Bride Stripped Bare (Vinyl Reissue)

— Bryan Ferry – Boys and Girls (Vinyl Reissue)

— Bryan Ferry – In Your Mind (Vinyl Reissue)

— Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together (Vinyl Reissue)

— Bryan Ferry – These Foolish Things (Vinyl Reissue)

— Charlie Parr – Last of the Better Days Ahead

— Chris Carter (of Throbbing Gristle) – Electronic Ambient Remixes One and Three (Vinyl Reissue)

— Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – Gone Are The Good Days

— Cindytalk – Wappinschaw (Reissue)

— Cindytalk – The Wind Is Strong (Reissue)

— Clay Walker – Texas To Tennessee

— Covered In Sores – Civilian Casualties

— Creeper – American Noir

— DāM-FunK – Above the Fray

— Dan Baker – From Corners Quiet EP

— Daniel Hart – The Green Knight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

— Dave East and Harry Fraud – Hoffa

— Death Valley Girls – Street Venom (Deluxe Edition)

— Dee Snider – Leave A Scar

— Dimman – Songs and Tales of Grievance

— Dolfiin Alexander – Rainbow Days

— Dolly Parton – Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Dolly Parton

— Dot Allison – Heart-Shaped Scars

— Durand Jones & The Indications – Private Space

— Dylan DiLella – Human Shield

— Eastern High – Halo

— EDEN – The First Circle

— The Effens – Eventually EP

— Emmavie – What’s a Diamond to a Baby EP

— The Enigmatic Foe – The Original Plan

— Equations Collective – Helicon Sessions

— Erasure – The Neon Remixed

— Fate’s Hand – Fate’s Hand EP

— Fight Club – Until The Sun Drowns

— FIMIR – Tomb of God

— The Five Hundred – A World On Fire

— Geezer Butler (of Black Sabbath) – Manipulations Of The Mind – The Complete Collection

— Geezer Butler (of Black Sabbath) – The Very Best of Geezer Butler

— Good Job Honey – Why You So Sticky

— Grizfolk – Grizfolk

— Guardian Singles – Guardian Singles (Reissue)

— The Halluci Nation – One More Saturday Night

— Henry Franklin – The Skipper at Home (Reissue)

— Horsey – Horsey

— Isaiah Rashad – The House Is Burning

— Jelani Aryeh – I’ve Got Some Living To Do

— Jeremy Squires – Unravel

— Joey Landreth – Songs I Love EP

— John Glacier – SHILOH: Lost For Words

— John Orpheus – Saga King

— Jon Casey – Harsh Reality

— Kiana V – Dazed EP

— King Woman – Celestial Blues

— koleżanka – Place Is

— Lakes – Start Again

— Lantlos – Wildhund

— Lauran Hibberd – Goober EP

— Laura Nyro – American Dreamer (Vinyl Box Set)

— Leela James – See Me

— Lee Morgan – The Complete Live at the Lighthouse

— Leslie Winer – When I Hit You-You’ll Feel It (Physical Release)

— Lindsay Starr – Blaming The Weather

— Los Lobos – Native Sons

— Lotus Thrones – Lovers In Wartime

— LUMP (Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay) – Animal

— Marcey Yates & XOBOI – Culxr House:Freedom Summer

— Mark Solotroff – Not Everybody Makes It

— Moon Reaper – Descent

— The Moscow Coup Attempt – Irraddenda

— Mr. Big – Lean Into It (30th Anniversary Edition)

— mui zyu – a wonderful thing vomits

— My Idea – That’s My Idea EP

— My Tree – Where the Grace Is

— Naia Izumi – A Residency In The Los Angeles Area

— NEEDTOBREATHE – Into the Mystery

— NNIC – Slow Motion Fantasy EP

— Nobody’s Girl – Nobody’s Girl

— NOGA – The Alchemist EP

— Obits – Die at the Zoo

— Pageants – Sun and Settled Days

— Parallax – Awaken

— Parquet Courts – American Specialties (Reissue)

— Parrilla – Femme Fatale: Ensnared By Venus

— Poise – Vestiges

— Praise the Plague – The Obsidian Gate

— Prince – Welcome 2 America

— Psychic Flowers – For the Undertow

— Rakta – Live at Novas Frequências

— Qasim Naqvi – Chronology

— The Quireboys – A Bit of What You Fancy (30th Anniversary Edition)

— Ric Robertson – Carolina Child

— Ruth Mascelli – A Night At the Baths

— Ryan Caraveo – Northend Sweetheart

— Section H8 – Welcome To The Nightmare

— Seether – Wasteland – The Purgatory EP

— Shirley Collins – Crowlink EP

— Skepta – All In EP

— Skirts – Great Big Wild Oak

— Sleep Moscow – Of the Sun

— Somi – Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba

— Son Lux – Tomorrows (Box Set)

— Son Volt – Electro Melodier

— Sonny & The Sunsets – New Day with New Possibilities

— Sunny Riot – Cultivate the Silence EP

— Swallow The Sun – 20 Years Of Gloom, Beauty And Despair – Live in Helsinki

— Sweet Teeth – Acid Rain EP

— Sycco – Sycco’s First EP

— Tangents – Timeslips & Chimeras

— Tayls – Have You Ever? (I’ve Always)


— Thin Lizzy – Greatest Hits (Vinyl Release)

— Tim Motzer – Many Ways Around the Sun

— Tombstoner – Victims of Vile Torture

— Torres – Thirstier

— Tragedy – Disco Balls to the Wall

— Trickshooter Social Club – Monte Carlo EP

— The Tubs – Names EP

— Tush – Fantast

— Various Artists – Chicago (Music From the Miramax Motion Picture) (Vinyl Reissue)

— Various Artists – Culxr House:Freedom Summer

— Various Artists – Even More Dazed and Confused (Vinyl Reissue)

— Various Artists – Toomorrow OST (Vinyl Reissue)

— Various Artists – True Romance (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Vinyl Reissue)

— The Wandering Hearts – The Wandering Hearts

— William Cashion (of Future Islands) – Postcard Music Remixes EP

— wych elm – Rabbit Wench EP

— VIAL – Loudmouth

— Yola – Stand For Myself

— Young Culture – Godspeed EP

— Yueke – Catch Me If You Can EP

— ZRL – Our Savings


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