To talk about the H949 you must first know about the H910, the pitch-shifter that defined the sound of David Bowie’s 1977 album Low, and about which the producer Tony Visconti once claimed: “It fucks with the fabric of time.” The H949 is the H910’s heir apparent, Lindsay says. “And I would say this is the new sound of LUMP.”
LUMP began in 2018, a collaboration between Lindsay — a Mercury Prize-winning producer and co-founder of band Tunng, and the singer-songwriter Laura Marling. Their debut was released that summer, 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”.
That there would be a second album at all was never planned. “The last record was an experiment,” says Lindsay. “And I thought we weren’t ever going to do another LUMP record. But it sort of popped up again. It’s a bit scary when you’ve got to try and do something again when you were quite pleased with the last thing you did, without ruining the legacy of whatever that is.”
When the pair began their initial collaboration they barely knew one another. Today they are on slightly closer terms, but they remained keen to keep the sense of distance and sudden collision that had fed their creative process; an experience that Lindsay recalls as “So instant, like magic was happening, and once you’ve experienced that you want to hold onto it.”