Last night was my first experience of Festival of Voice 2018, the international arts festival which celebrates voice in all forms. There are a wide variety of productions taking place across the Welsh capital from 7th – 17th June and it’s worth having a look through the website for the familiar and new experiences. LUMP accomplished both for me.
LUMP is the new collaboration between Michael Lyndsay and Laura Marling, the breadth of Marling’s voice alongside the synthesizers and drums provides something absolutely mesmerising on stage. In the setting of the Donald Gordon theatre at the Wales Millennium Centre there was a little of me which wondered if the space could be filled. But rather than fill a space, the collaboration of LUMP draws its audience in.And this really is a collaborative performance, there was nothing solo in Marling’s performance. This was a roll-through of the tracks on the LUMP album, nothing more. When I say ‘nothing more’… to witness Marling’s voice was incredible. To see the riffs and the dynamic on stage filled the space with energy.
The only problem was, as with the album, it just felt too short. With LUMP entering and leaving within the hour, much of audience seemed caught short. Applauding for an encore, whilst knowing Laura Marling doesn’t do encores.
There is much to be said, to be felt, and to be content in hearing and seeing Laura Marling. The LUMP experience takes the voice beyond folk and acoustic, and to somewhere else. Somewhere different.
If you buy a ticket for LUMP, you are seeing a band which has recently released an album of six tracks. And you get to absorb them in one sitting. It’s worth it- there is so much beauty and escapism to allow it to be an evening well spent. But don’t expect more than you know is real.The Festival of Voice takes place from 7th-17th June across Cardiff. Check out the website for details of all the performances.
Live performance photo credit: 4Pi Productions
Disclosure: I was invited to the performance for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions contained are my own.