Creative Review New Music
Following on from the release of her previously shared single ‘Evening Train’ earlier this year, Berlin based South African Lucy Kruger now returns with The Lost Boys to announce the details behind her new studio album ‘Transit Tapes (for women who move furniture around)’, which lands on the 4th June 2021 via Unique Records.
Written by Lucy Kruger and forged in a tiny 34°c rehearsal space in Berlin, ‘Transit Tapes’ melts dreamy indie rock with dark folk and returns 12 pensive tracks exploring restlessness and a yearning to feel alive. This project is the first time Kruger has worked with drummer Martin Perret, guitarist Liú Mottes and bassist Andreas Miranda, who form The Lost Boys. The depth that The Lost Boys add is clear on the dramatic soundscape in A Paper Boat or the slow rumbling climb on A Stranger’s Chest.
‘Transit Tapes’ resumes the introspective exploration of Kruger’s 2019 release ‘Sleeping Tapes for some girls’ but has a marked shift in direction. Where sleeping tapes is quiet and behind a closed door, transit tapes is about opening that door, and exploring what is beyond the bedroom. There is a pull between loneliness and a want for independence, between a need for exploration and the safe comfort of familiarity. The reassuring knowns collide with a fear of slipping into old habits. These themes are expedited by Kruger’s relocation from Cape Town to Berlin 2018, when she began writing the album.
For Lucy, “the songs begin in the bedroom, as with Sleeping Tapes, but with an eye on the window and a hand on the door. There is a restlessness. A kind of building up of courage and the acknowledgement of a fear I had developed around making too much noise or causing too much of a scene. How are we supposed to discover who we are if we are not allowed to make a mess? To leak, spill, sweat, spit, shriek. Sometimes playing involves getting scratched or wounded. Laughing. Weeping… Transit Tapes is a gentle and sometimes not so gentle reminder to take off my winter coat and run naked like a wild thing towards the water.”
Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys will release their new album Transit Tapes (for women who move furniture around) on the 4th June 2021 via Unique Records