Lucy Kruger: Cut Those Strings Official Album Launch
“Her timbre is a great mixture of an early Dolores O’Riordan meets Kate Bush and it’s clear … that this kind of vocal quality and phrasing cannot be taught or made-to-order”
Lucy Kruger is one of just a handful of emerging young artists on the SA music scene that possess a pure, unfettered talent wrapped into a hard-working and humble artist. It shows in her work.
Her soon to be released debut album ‘Cut Those Strings’ (produced by Schalk Joubert and engineered by Dave Langemann), features the talents of a host of the country’s innovative artists and musicians. Inge Beckmann, Schalk Joubert, Kevin Gibson, Melissa Van Der Spuy and Albert Frost all contribute to Lucys’ debut.
‘Cut Those Strings’ has its launch date set for the 20th of September at Mercury Live in Cape Town.
Originally from Johannesburg, Lucy (now 23) recently arrived in Cape Town after completing her undergraduate degree in Music and her Honours in Drama at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
With her fresh take on indie/alternative rock she is set to take the notoriously hardnosed South African music scene by storm. Her singular sound is reminiscent of the fearless, female vocals of powerful acts like Sinéad O‘Connor and Dolores O’Riordan. She also draws influence from the work of Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos. All of these influence her rich tapestry of skilful, versatile vocals bolstered by soulful melodies.
Listen to the first single from the album, Four White Walls, right here, and tell me you can’t hear those influences coming through:
Lucy has been writing and performing her own material for six years and has in the past had the pleasure to open for international act Linton Kwezi Johnson (LKJ), as well as respected local acts such as Josie Field, Wendy Oldfield, Cutting Jade and Shawn Phillips.
Says Lucy of how she came to make music: “I started playing guitar because I wanted to write music. One of the first songs I learnt on the guitar was Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case of You’. After hearing that song and feeling what it was to play it, I was completely hooked.
After setting my heart on music I was constantly reminded (and still am) about how difficult the music industry is. Difficult perhaps, but hopefully not impossible. I want and love it enough to give it (and myself) a fighting chance. I am slowly starting to discover the rules of an industry that ‘has no rules’. It is certainly keeping me on my toes and that is an exciting place to be.”
- 14 September – Rolling Stone Weekend20 September – OFFICIAL ALBUM LAUNCH at Mercury Live
- 22 September – White Mountain Festival27 September – with NUKA at Carnival Court, Long Street, Cape Town
- 28 September – Bientang’s Cave, Hermanus
- 29 September – Dutchies, Hermanus
- 30 September – K’s, Hermanus
- 31 October – Alma Café, Rosebank, Cape Town
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Lucy’s album will be available for purchase at her live performances, and also digitally via Kalahari and Rhythm Records.
I hope to be able to get hold of a pre-release copy soon and will update Blablania with a full album review and other sales details soonest.