Say Psych: Premiere: Medicine Boy – Lower

Berlin duo Medicine Boy release their second LP Lower on Fuzz Club Records tomorrow and BSM is honoured to bring you the premiere streaming.

Originally hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Andre Leo and Lucy Kruger founded the project back in 2014, self-releasing their debut EP to international acclaim. Debut LP Kinda Like Electricity was released to an ever growing fan base and extended their reach far beyond Africa. This was solidified with two European tours and saw them picked up by Fuzz Club to release the second album, Lower. With the relocation to Berlin, the release of Lower marks an exciting new chapter in the Medicine Boy story. The band said that “Lower is a myriad of introspection and interpretation. There are wider themes, stranger worlds and deeper wells than before. It is some kind of attempt to draw comfort (however twisted) and companionship (however tainted) from chaos and confusion. It’s our attempt to find beauty in the underworld.”

The nine track album offers everything from grinding organs to soft desolate piano, with waves of guitar that are at times gentle and drifting, others feral and unforgiving. Throughout Lucy and Andre’s voices remain entwined and intimate – sometimes discordant, but always heavenly. The result is a truly remarkable sound that sits somewhere between PJ Harvey, Mazzy Star and Grouper, yet still manages to exist in a sombre world of its own. Laying out their mantra, the band explain: “The joy of working with noise is that you can take something that appears to be quite sweet and simple and expose the sordid parts of it. Or celebrate the sublime in it. Ideally a bit of both.”

They set out on a European tour this November:

16/11 – Halle (DE) – Pierre Grasse
17/11 – Worms (DE) – Bad Seed Studio
18/11 – Ghent (BE) – Aap Vlasmarkt
19/11 – Nancy (FR) – Brasserie Saint-Epvre
20/11 – Bordeaux (FR) – L’Astrodome
21/11 – Paris (FR) – Supersonic
22/11 – Rouen (FR) – Le 3 Pieces
23/11 – London (UK) – The Waiting Room
24/11 – Cardiff (UK) – The Moon
25/11 – Bristol (UK) – The Lanes
27/11 – Toulouse (FR) – Le Ravelin
28/11 – Zaragoza (ES) – El Zorro
29/11 – Madrid (ES) – El Perro Club
30/11 – Lisbon (PT) – Sabotage
01/12 – Vigo (ES) – Radar Estudios
03/12 – Lyon (FR) – Le Farmer
04/12 – Munich (DE) – Import Export
05/12 – Prague (CZ) – Kasarna Karlin
07/12 – Gdansk (PL) – Spacefest
08/12 – Warsaw (PL) – Klub CH25
12/12 – Berlin (DE) – Monarch


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