Lucy Kruger and the Lost Boys
(Kapstadt / Berlin)
@ Nrzp Bielefeld
Biography January 2022
To encounter Lucy Kruger’s music is to witness a singular journey of constant reflection that
is producing an ever-widening arc of creativity.
April 2022 sees the release of Teen Tapes (for performing your own stunts) a culmination of
the Tapes Trilogy. In June 2021, the Berlin-based South African artist released the third Lucy
Kruger & The Lost Boys album, ‘Transit Tapes’ (for women who move furniture around),
which serves as a follow up to her 2019 release, ‘Sleeping Tapes for Some Girls’.
Since first embarking on the very specific process of recording music - with an early album
that she recorded soon after finishing her arts degree in the Eastern Cape town of
Grahamstown - Kruger has approached her artistry with the care of an archaeologist seeking
all the interwoven elements that make up the historical whole.
Whether the now finite suite of albums with André Leo as Medicine Boy (More Knives, 2014;
Kinda Like Electricity, 2016; Lower, 2018; Take Me With You When You Disappear, 2020), or
her solo work, Kruger has engaged in a slow, steady exploration of what it takes to make
music that’s universal, that endures, that draws listeners in, even after countless listens.
“I think that what I am able to offer as an artist is a detailed expression of my experience, for
although the situation may feel unique to me, the feelings are universal,” says Kruger.
“Giving them a sound and shape validates and creates space for those feelings, allowing
listeners to feel seen and less alone, even at a distance. Even in the isolation of a bedroom.
Especially in the isolation of a bedroom.”
Kruger references the bedroom because it was this most intimate of spaces that gave her
the profound realisation that she now brings to all her work. “Albums capture a moment in
time in the life of a band or musician. Listeners hopefully stumble upon those albums when
they’re in need of stepping into that world, or having that world mirrored back at them.”
Kruger herself stumbled on this revelation when she contemplated what to do with the
songs she wrote in her Cape Town bedroom in the year before relocating to Berlin in 2018.
“Over the time of writing I was having difficulty falling asleep at night, or I would fall asleep
but wake in the middle of the night and not be able to fall back to sleep,” she recalls. “I
would put my headphones on in bed and listen to music, mostly by women musicians. The
songs and sounds I was listening to became my bedtime stories, both speaking to things that
I was experiencing, as well as soothing me with their sounds and growing familiarity.”