LUMP have delivered new single "Gamma Ray" as a final taster of their upcoming album Animal before it arrives on Friday (30 July).
"Gamma Ray" is the fourth track to be shared from LUMP's Animal album, following "We Cannot Resist", "Climb Every Wall" and "Animal", and is teamed with a video directed and animated by LUMP's Laura Marling.
Mike Lindsay says of the song, "There’s this part from the second half where you hear a voice, and in my mind that was the LUMP creature speaking to us saying ‘Excuse me, I don’t think we’ve been introduced’, and then it does this kind of ‘Ahhh!’ sound, that’s LUMP going through my Eventide H949 Harmonizer. I think that’s how you say ‘LUMP’ in LUMP language. Laura also uses the word ‘gawped,’ which is brilliant."
Marling adds, "The lyrics are all just nonsense writing, but I always had in my mind a story I’d heard about my Dad’s cousin dying. He died very young, he committed suicide sadly, obviously long before I was born. He was incredibly good looking and everyone loved him, and when they tolled the bell at his funeral two of my Dad’s sisters fainted. They were so overcome. ‘Gawping’ comes from French singer Georges Brassens, who did a really weird song called "Brave Margot", and in the translation there is something about the men ‘gawping’."
Marling and Lindsay's Animal album will follow their 2018 self-titled debut album, and was recorded at Lindsay's home studio in Margate.