Feature 146: Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys

© Aline Marie Gärtig

“Mit Teen Tapes (for performing your own stunts)” haben Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys am 08.04. den Nachfolger von “Transit Tapes (for women who move furniture around)” veröffentlicht. Gleichzeitig ist das Album auch der Abschluss der Tapes-Trilogie, die 2019 mit „Sleeping Tapes for Some Girls“ begann.

Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys erzählen auf dem finalen Album der Serie zehn Liebesgeschichten – intim, poetisch und in manchen Momenten geradezu leidenschaftlich und emotional. Hierfür hat sich Lucy Kruger ein Plektrum und ein Fuzz-Pedal geschnappt und den Vorsatz gefasst, sich Zeit für Experimente zu nehmen. „Teen Tapes (for performing your own stunts)“ ist ein düsteres und hoffnungsvolles Album zugleich. Noise, gehauchte Vocals, tiefe Akkorde, hier und da etwas PJ Harvey oder Sonic Youth. What’s not to like?

Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys live:

10.05.2022 – Salzburg – Rockhouse
12.05.2022 – Sion – Point 11
13.05.2022 – Le Chaux De Fond – Brasserie De La Meute
14.05.2022 – Lohr – South of Silence Festival
06.06.2022 – Leipzig – Wave Gotik Treffen

Die Playlist von Lucy Kruger

Die traurigsten Lieblingssongs von Lucy Kruger


„There is nothing that makes me happier than sad songs. Nick Cave (obviously) articulates it very well when he says in his lecture on the love song –

‘The Love Song is a sad song, it is the sound of sorrow itself. We all experience within us what the Portuguese call Saudade, which translates as an inexplicable sense of longing, an unnamed and enigmatic yearning of the soul. And it is this feeling that lives in the realms of imagination and inspiration and is the breeding ground for the sad song, for the Love Song is the light of God, deep down, blasting through our wounds.’

These songs are no in particular order, but all move me very deeply, and make me want to be better, and swim in big seas, and scream very loudly, and sing, and sink, and sing.

Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat

My mom used to listen to Leonard Cohen when I was little. I couldn’t possibly have understood all that it held back then, but there was some feeling of the weight of it. Something cool, and dark, and comforting. And now it makes me think of late night conversations in dim corners, where feelings are like fireflies in your chest that you’re desperately trying to keep alight with cigarettes. 

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Girl In Amber

I first heard Skeleton Tree when André and I were on our second European tour with Medicine Boy. It was just the two of us getting around in a little car at that stage, and we listened quietly, driving through Italy. We didn’t speak for a long time after the songs had stopped spinning and I wasn’t sure I would ever choose to put the album on again. It’s so raw that it almost felt wrong to be listening. The way the lyrics fall, or slip, into the tender loops. Exposed. I did listen again. And again. 

Gillian Welch – I Dream a Highway

This song is 14 minutes of _______ space. When I was growing up our family would spend December holidays in the Eastern Cape, which is a ten hour drive from Johannesburg, the city in which we lived. I loved those car trips. We were each able to choose a CD and the songs would be shuffled. There was too much sugar and a lot of silly behaviour but there were also long stretches of quiet. Of staring. Of space. I love those stretches between. Where there is no possibility for action, but so much movement. This song offers my thoughts that movement, and space, and longing. A tiny road trip in my mind.

Dolly Parton – Jolene

This song is so beautiful and sad and brave and brutal and it’s such a gift to be able to sing along, so loudly, to such hurt.

Dory Previn – The Lady With The Braid

I love this song. The casualness of it, which is not casual at all. The real pain in the mundane, which is so much of a human life. A knife to the heart while sipping on tea.

Big Thief – Coma

Adrianne Lenker has a channel that goes straight to the centre of feeling. To the inbetween, inside out, upside down. Beautiful beautiful beautiful bruising. I know so many that love Big Thief more than anyone else could, and it’s possible, because she is so generous, and it belongs to them, and it’s so big, that there’s room enough for everyone, and everyone needs it, even if they don’t yet know it.

Angel Olsen – Windows

There was a year in which sleeping was very difficult, and this was drifting through the strange 3AM air, often. A weeping song. A song in which to weep.

Nina Simone

I wanted to choose a song by Nina Simone, but I could almost have them all here.

Nobody holds more in a voice than Nina Simone.

The Smiths – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

This song reaches so perfectly for that moment that can almost never, if ever, be touched. It is the moment. And you can listen to it, over and over and over. And I do. 

Joni Mitchell – All I Want (not on Spotify)

This album has been with me for so long, and changes all the time. Iridescent. I can’t really tell from which part of me the tears arrive anymore. But they do, and it makes me feel young and old and understood, and free and full and full of wanting.“