photo by Lupa Photography
‘Kruger and The Lost Boys attempted to create a truthful, unpretentious atmosphere on this EP, and they have succeeded.’ –Perdeby
It has been close to two years since the release of Lucy’s debut album and her emergence on the South African music scene. The growth in these two years, due to relentless touring and collaborations with various artists, has resulted in a new avenue for the 25 year old – one of colourful soundscapes, dreamy melodies and primal rhythms, while still staying true to her roots of acoustic folk and her honest way with words.
The makings of her band, The Lost Boys, started when Lucas Swart & Andre Leo joined on guitar for stripped down performances at the 2013 National Arts Festival, where they were awarded a Standard Bank Ovation Award. They returned this year to do a run of shows on the arena program. Soon after, they were joined by Werner Von Waltsleben on drums and Calvin Siderfin on bass, allowing for a fuller and more vibrant sound. The musicians have given Lucy the space to further explore what music can sound and feel like. It brings a greater subtlety and a greater violence to the songs.
Says Lucy about how The Lost Boys came about:
‘This is really the first time I have worked with a permanent band that has had time to get to know each other musically and personally. I have found the whole process extremely liberating and exciting. It has freed up my writing process quite drastically. My ideas no longer have to be limited to what I can do on the guitar. I can come up with a skeleton of an idea and have it fleshed out by the different players and instruments.’
‘Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys’ was recorded live over three days in a house in Onrus. The EP was mixed and mastered by Gerdus Oosthuizen. The idea was to keep the sound as honest and authentic as possible – a group of friends coming together to create something special.
Odendaal Esterhuyse was there to capture the process and created the music video for ‘Beast (stay hungry)’ – the opening track off the EP:
FREE DOWNLOAD OF EP:
The dream pop/psychedelic folk album has been made available for free online with the hope that listeners will experience it and share it:
Download it here (The EP is also available in physical form should media prefer to sample it that way.)
Sunday 27 July – Park Acoustics, Pretoria (Facebook event)
Saturday 9 August – Oppikoppi
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Lucy Kruger also plays in The Very Wicked. April 2014 saw the online release of their long-awaited debut full length album “You’re The Everything In Us“. It is currently available via bandcamp, as well as all major online music stores.