We are very honoured to premiere today the new single ‘Heaving’ from Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys. Lucy Kruger is a South African artist based in Berlin, and the new single is a stunning Brechtian piece of sonic theatre: poised, enigmatic and dramatic. Sparse percussion echoes in the distance with an electronic patter while Kruger’s voice is velvet and expressive as she repeats I want to be hot and helpless in a breathless mantra.
The result is a powerful and sensuous piece of visceral music: an element of gothic darkness and melancholy, infused with desire and yearning. The title track for her new album, Kruger says of the general themes for the new work:
I wanted this album to be less ethereal somehow. Rooted in the depths, of my body, of my lover’s body, of the earth, where it is dark and wet, and where you might find rot but you will also certainly find life. To somehow get pulled into the moment, through a focus on sensation. A lot of the lyrics deal with touch, smell, taste. The body, and all it holds, imagined intimately, almost as landscape, but also for what it is. And for what will happen to it in time. A reckoning with death and loss that might allow for a more vibrant understanding and engagement with life.
The track is a feast for the senses and is brilliantly expressed in the accompanying video created by Belgian director and motion designer Lena Nerinckx (the co-founder of Contour Collective) , featuring Lucy Kruger and Lenny-Dee Doucha. The black and white footage is intimate and compelling, drawing upon the sensuous nature of the track. Liquid, flowing and expressive movements create an immersive and arresting visual that ebbs and flows with the music: the sense of space perfectly reflected in the simple but affecting images.
‘Heaving is the title track from the band’s forthcoming album to be released on April 7 via Unique Records, a division of Schubert Music Europe.
Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys are embarking on an extensive tour across Europe from April – details below. and tickets available here.
Apr 04 Freiburg, Germany – Slow Club
Apr 05 Zürich, Switzerland – Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik
Apr 06 Alessandria, Italy – Cascina Bellaria, Sezzadio
Apr 07 Sion, Switzerland – Point 11
Apr 08 Varese, Italy – Circolo Gagarin
Apr 10 Macerata, Italy – Circolo Dong
Apr 10 Fano, Italy – Bagni Elsa Nº3
Apr 12 Bologna, Italy – Efesto
Apr 14 Paris, France – Supersonic
Apr 15 Lille, France – To Be Announced
Apr 16 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Cinetol
Apr 19 Nuremberg, Germany – Z-Bau
Apr 20 Bielefeld, Germany – Johanniskirche
May 02 Leipzig, Germany – Moritzbastei
May 03 Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
May 04 Hannover, Germany – Glocksee
May 05 Berlin, Germany – Lido
May 24 Dresden, Germany – Jazz Club Tonne
May 26 Offenburg, Germany – 361 Grad im Spitalkeller
May 27 Esslingen, Germany – Psych In Bloom
May 28 Offenbach, Germany – Hafen 2
Aug 10 Bad Kötzting, Germany – void
Kruger was previously in the successful South African band Medicine Boy prior to relocating to Berlin.
Feature Photograph: Lena Nerinckx