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Lucy Kruger’s voice was a great new discovery I made at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown earlier this year. Having graduated from Rhodes University with her Honours in Drama just last year, she’s still new to the local music scene, but has already been compared to Dolores O’Riordan and Kate Bush. Her accolades include being chosen as a finalist in the 2012 Barleycorn song-writing competition and being ranked among the top 12 entries in this year’s Bushmill Band Search.

Quotable lyrics
I crave your love just like a child
’cause you took me to heaven
then sent me back down
you took me to heaven
now I’m stuck on the ground

After listening to a few different musicians at the Grahamstown fest
earlier this year, Lucy’s voice felt like a revelation. Each song shows
off the versatility of her voice and I loved how her emotional lyrics were
balanced by her sometimes gritty, sometimes gentle voice. The comparison to Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries is very apt, I think.

I’ve had the album on repeat since I received it – I was completely pulled in by the first song, ‘Little Puppet’; was touched by the lyrics of
‘Heaven’ and was soon singing along to ‘Four White Walls’. It’s seldom you find an album where you enjoy every song but with this one you’ll want to listen all the way through. - Fair Lady Magazine


Lucy Kruger’s voice was a great new discovery I made at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown earlier this year. Having graduated from Rhodes University with her Honours in Drama just last year, she’s still new to the local music scene, but has already been compared to Dolores O’Riordan and Kate Bush. Her accolades include being chosen as a finalist in the 2012 Barleycorn song-writing competition and being ranked among the top 12 entries in this year’s Bushmill Band Search.

Quotable lyrics
I crave your love just like a child
’cause you took me to heaven
then sent me back down
you took me to heaven
now I’m stuck on the ground

After listening to a few different musicians at the Grahamstown fest
earlier this year, Lucy’s voice felt like a revelation. Each song shows
off the versatility of her voice and I loved how her emotional lyrics were
balanced by her sometimes gritty, sometimes gentle voice. The comparison to Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries is very apt, I think.

I’ve had the album on repeat since I received it – I was completely pulled in by the first song, ‘Little Puppet’; was touched by the lyrics of
‘Heaven’ and was soon singing along to ‘Four White Walls’. It’s seldom you find an album where you enjoy every song but with this one you’ll want to listen all the way through. - Fair Lady Magazine


I have been fortunate to have been witness to part of this young singer-
songwriter’s growth over the past few years. My first memory of Lucy
Kruger was at one of her unfailingly lovely acoustic sessions, doing a
cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘It Aint Me, Babe’. It was obvious to me that her
childhood soundtrack had been dominated by the masters and, as her voice rang clearly over her simple strumming, that she has a natural ability which is fresh, unlearned and holds more potential than many musicians I have seen before. I was genuinely excited to hear her debut album, as clichéd as that sounds.

Truthfully, Cut Those Strings requires a thesis to capture it well. The
album is strongly nuanced, both musically and lyrically. The songs are
strongly produced; each one perfectly formed in its own unique way. There is not a moment left untouched or unaccounted for. Lucy’s rich, powerful voice sails alone across the sound like the lighthouse guiding its ships.

There is something quite impulsive and coarse about it, which is actually
its forte. This album is incredible, really; I could hardly believe I was
listening to the same person. The creative maturity of the production team has manufactured a sound which is wholesome and full.

However, a part of me has never accepted this album. It seems just a
little too perfect. I was drawn repeatedly to the song ‘Heart of Stone’,
which has a charming instrumental introduction and a very pared down
sound; capturing my memory of Lucy Kruger as she was when I knew her once, a long time ago. Perhaps the production of her songs, with their tuneful, simple melodies, is an indication of her adaptability. I can only guess. I would say it is indicative of her experimentation with sound, seeking to find what works for her best. I am becoming more aware that different producers can make completely different albums from the same songs. I don’t know if I should dislike Cut Those Strings, or see it as the product of a genius.

Despite it being too perfect, whatever that means, there is definitely a
very special aspect to this album which endears it to me regardless; and
that is the lyrics. Lucy has the ability to create a lovely tune using her
lyrics, without losing the importance of the message. They are
unpretentiousness and brutally honesty. I am just sorry that the music
didn’t reinforce this. However, this is just the beginning for our Ms
Kruger and I think that we can expect to be surprised time and again. I am one hundred percent certain that her journey through music will teach her, change her and evolve her into the artist she was always meant to be and I look forward to following that journey.
- Music Review


I have been fortunate to have been witness to part of this young singer-
songwriter’s growth over the past few years. My first memory of Lucy
Kruger was at one of her unfailingly lovely acoustic sessions, doing a
cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘It Aint Me, Babe’. It was obvious to me that her
childhood soundtrack had been dominated by the masters and, as her voice rang clearly over her simple strumming, that she has a natural ability which is fresh, unlearned and holds more potential than many musicians I have seen before. I was genuinely excited to hear her debut album, as clichéd as that sounds.

Truthfully, Cut Those Strings requires a thesis to capture it well. The
album is strongly nuanced, both musically and lyrically. The songs are
strongly produced; each one perfectly formed in its own unique way. There is not a moment left untouched or unaccounted for. Lucy’s rich, powerful voice sails alone across the sound like the lighthouse guiding its ships.

There is something quite impulsive and coarse about it, which is actually
its forte. This album is incredible, really; I could hardly believe I was
listening to the same person. The creative maturity of the production team has manufactured a sound which is wholesome and full.

However, a part of me has never accepted this album. It seems just a
little too perfect. I was drawn repeatedly to the song ‘Heart of Stone’,
which has a charming instrumental introduction and a very pared down
sound; capturing my memory of Lucy Kruger as she was when I knew her once, a long time ago. Perhaps the production of her songs, with their tuneful, simple melodies, is an indication of her adaptability. I can only guess. I would say it is indicative of her experimentation with sound, seeking to find what works for her best. I am becoming more aware that different producers can make completely different albums from the same songs. I don’t know if I should dislike Cut Those Strings, or see it as the product of a genius.

Despite it being too perfect, whatever that means, there is definitely a
very special aspect to this album which endears it to me regardless; and
that is the lyrics. Lucy has the ability to create a lovely tune using her
lyrics, without losing the importance of the message. They are
unpretentiousness and brutally honesty. I am just sorry that the music
didn’t reinforce this. However, this is just the beginning for our Ms
Kruger and I think that we can expect to be surprised time and again. I am one hundred percent certain that her journey through music will teach her, change her and evolve her into the artist she was always meant to be and I look forward to following that journey.
- Music Review


“So dance dance little puppet to the rhythm of their shallow heart beat
and remember / It’s catchy phrases that sell,” croons Lucy Kruger
soothingly in the chorus of “Catchy Phrases”, the opening song on her
debut album Cut Those Strings. “If you could show me how to cut those
strings / If you could teach me how to really sing,” she reflects at the
end of the track, capturing her struggle to make it in the music industry
without selling her soul to the seductive devil of commercialism. And
that’s what makes Kruger distinctive. She cuts the stifling strings of
convention to produce a refreshing, eleven-track album that boasts
collaborations with some of South Africa’s most illustrious musos such as
Schalk Joubert, Inge Beckmann and Albert Frost.

The newcomer’s sound can be described as indie folk with a dollop of rock but the task of genre-allocating seems trivial, especially on Cut Those Strings, where the spotlight shines directly on Kruger’s smooth, velvety voice and honest, intensely personal lyrics.

Lark and Beast frontwoman Inge Beckmann contributes her signature hypnotic wail to “I’ll Sing For You”. The sound of the mesmeric sirens joining forces on the track makes it difficult not to picture the two sitting on a rocky coast, luring in their listeners one by one.

“Fired Up” is a more up-tempo and edgy song with Kruger belting and
growling the lyrics in a way that echoes KT Tunstall’s organic vocal
strength. The track also has a slightly bluesy feel to it, with the
inclusion of one of Albert Frost’s spine-tingling guitar twangs.

The chilling acoustic number “Heart of Stone” starts off with the sweet,
affable sound of the guitar which quietly becomes more eerie and ominous. “Going along / Singing this song / Banging out the words like a newborn drum,” sings Kruger rhythmically on the track, as if to emulate the drums she is speaking about.

It is quite amazing to conceive what the fledgling musician has achieved
in such a short space of time, having only graduated from Rhodes
University last year. If Cut Those Strings is anything to go by, Kruger
will have no problem in swiftly developing a plumage that many musicians
can only yearn for. - Are you Charlie?


“So dance dance little puppet to the rhythm of their shallow heart beat
and remember / It’s catchy phrases that sell,” croons Lucy Kruger
soothingly in the chorus of “Catchy Phrases”, the opening song on her
debut album Cut Those Strings. “If you could show me how to cut those
strings / If you could teach me how to really sing,” she reflects at the
end of the track, capturing her struggle to make it in the music industry
without selling her soul to the seductive devil of commercialism. And
that’s what makes Kruger distinctive. She cuts the stifling strings of
convention to produce a refreshing, eleven-track album that boasts
collaborations with some of South Africa’s most illustrious musos such as
Schalk Joubert, Inge Beckmann and Albert Frost.

The newcomer’s sound can be described as indie folk with a dollop of rock but the task of genre-allocating seems trivial, especially on Cut Those Strings, where the spotlight shines directly on Kruger’s smooth, velvety voice and honest, intensely personal lyrics.

Lark and Beast frontwoman Inge Beckmann contributes her signature hypnotic wail to “I’ll Sing For You”. The sound of the mesmeric sirens joining forces on the track makes it difficult not to picture the two sitting on a rocky coast, luring in their listeners one by one.

“Fired Up” is a more up-tempo and edgy song with Kruger belting and
growling the lyrics in a way that echoes KT Tunstall’s organic vocal
strength. The track also has a slightly bluesy feel to it, with the
inclusion of one of Albert Frost’s spine-tingling guitar twangs.

The chilling acoustic number “Heart of Stone” starts off with the sweet,
affable sound of the guitar which quietly becomes more eerie and ominous. “Going along / Singing this song / Banging out the words like a newborn drum,” sings Kruger rhythmically on the track, as if to emulate the drums she is speaking about.

It is quite amazing to conceive what the fledgling musician has achieved
in such a short space of time, having only graduated from Rhodes
University last year. If Cut Those Strings is anything to go by, Kruger
will have no problem in swiftly developing a plumage that many musicians
can only yearn for. - Are you Charlie?


It never occurred to me before just how much Lucy Kruger embodied the same sense of passion, conviction and irony as seen with Alanis Morrisette or Laura Marling. As soon as Lucy opened her mouth on the evening of Mercury’s Perfect Circle, my friend turned to me, eyes wide. “She’s so good!” she mouthed. And she was right. Lucy Kruger extends herself beyond the generic quirky pop-folk shell we’ve become so accustomed to. The wonderful thing about Lucy’s live performances is that you can practically read the lyrics on her face. She sings with an intensity that forces you to engage in some way, to feel as she feels. Her music has a different sound altogether. It’s fresher and cleaner than the usual fluff (no, it’s not a typo) we hear in that particular genre.

She captures several personas in her music, ranging from delicate to sexy
to hardcore. A good example of Lucy’s sex appeal was in a cheeky little
number that I did not expect at all, containing the lyrics “kiss me, push
me on the ground.” Her range is unbelievable and this raw talent was so
perfectly synced when she was joined by Andre Leo on guitar. I’ve said
this before and I’ll say it again: together, they are an almighty force.
Their version of “Pale Blue Eyes” by the Velvet Underground rendered me
speechless and yes, this may sound rather dramatic but it really was one
of the sweetest and most sincere covers I’ve ever heard. It was a
fantastic way to start off the evening... - South Africa Music Scene


It never occurred to me before just how much Lucy Kruger embodied the same sense of passion, conviction and irony as seen with Alanis Morrisette or Laura Marling. As soon as Lucy opened her mouth on the evening of Mercury’s Perfect Circle, my friend turned to me, eyes wide. “She’s so good!” she mouthed. And she was right. Lucy Kruger extends herself beyond the generic quirky pop-folk shell we’ve become so accustomed to. The wonderful thing about Lucy’s live performances is that you can practically read the lyrics on her face. She sings with an intensity that forces you to engage in some way, to feel as she feels. Her music has a different sound altogether. It’s fresher and cleaner than the usual fluff (no, it’s not a typo) we hear in that particular genre.

She captures several personas in her music, ranging from delicate to sexy
to hardcore. A good example of Lucy’s sex appeal was in a cheeky little
number that I did not expect at all, containing the lyrics “kiss me, push
me on the ground.” Her range is unbelievable and this raw talent was so
perfectly synced when she was joined by Andre Leo on guitar. I’ve said
this before and I’ll say it again: together, they are an almighty force.
Their version of “Pale Blue Eyes” by the Velvet Underground rendered me
speechless and yes, this may sound rather dramatic but it really was one
of the sweetest and most sincere covers I’ve ever heard. It was a
fantastic way to start off the evening... - South Africa Music Scene


It is Thursday, 20 October, just past 8 o' clock and we walk into Mercury Live. The venue beautifully recreated with candles, giving it an intimate, theater-like ambiance. The venue quickly fill with people, eagerly anticipating the debut album launch of one of Cape Town's freshest singer-songwriters. For a while I sit and stare at the screen, next to the stage, portraying a young face. I notice her striking eyes; intense, beautiful. Lucy Kruger.

Lucy appears and finds her spot: Center stage. Her long, blonde hair and red lips hints at the rock, evident in her voice. The audience cheers as she strums the guitar to her first song. There's an honesty in her voice, a wholesome sound and it fills the venue with warmth. A rustic tone that makes me feel strangely at home.

You can hear the emotion in her voice and I realize that her lyrics are deeply personal, making you want to know the story behind each song. She delivers an honest, down-to-earth performance. I now understand why her voice made some of the biggest names in the South African music scene sit-up and notice. It's certain that her music is ageless and that her eleven-track, debut album, Cut Those Strings, will play for years to come.

The Johannesburg native is undoubtedly passionate about making music as she performs with a certain kind of ease, a certain kind of confidence. There is definitely something about Lucy Kruger that makes you feel that you need to know this girl.

As Lucy performs her final song, I cannot help to smile and think, that this is where she belongs: Center Stage. A performance that can only be described as beautiful. - Dirty Pink City


It is Thursday, 20 October, just past 8 o' clock and we walk into Mercury Live. The venue beautifully recreated with candles, giving it an intimate, theater-like ambiance. The venue quickly fill with people, eagerly anticipating the debut album launch of one of Cape Town's freshest singer-songwriters. For a while I sit and stare at the screen, next to the stage, portraying a young face. I notice her striking eyes; intense, beautiful. Lucy Kruger.

Lucy appears and finds her spot: Center stage. Her long, blonde hair and red lips hints at the rock, evident in her voice. The audience cheers as she strums the guitar to her first song. There's an honesty in her voice, a wholesome sound and it fills the venue with warmth. A rustic tone that makes me feel strangely at home.

You can hear the emotion in her voice and I realize that her lyrics are deeply personal, making you want to know the story behind each song. She delivers an honest, down-to-earth performance. I now understand why her voice made some of the biggest names in the South African music scene sit-up and notice. It's certain that her music is ageless and that her eleven-track, debut album, Cut Those Strings, will play for years to come.

The Johannesburg native is undoubtedly passionate about making music as she performs with a certain kind of ease, a certain kind of confidence. There is definitely something about Lucy Kruger that makes you feel that you need to know this girl.

As Lucy performs her final song, I cannot help to smile and think, that this is where she belongs: Center Stage. A performance that can only be described as beautiful. - Dirty Pink City


Discography

Cut those strings - album (2012)

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Bio

“Lucy Kruger is as accomplished a singer/songwriter as you're likely to hear. She delivers the feelings encapsulated in her songs with an intense honesty that lends a vital and stripped down charm to music that is refreshingly void of pretence.” Malcolm McArb, Peer Music

There are few things as inspiring as pure, unfettered talent in a hard-working, humble artist. Lucy Kruger is one of the few artists on the SA music scene that possesses all of these attributes.

Lucy recently launched her debut album ‘Cut Those Strings’ (produced by Schalk Joubert and engineered by Dave Langemann) which features a host of innovative artists including Inge Beckmann, Schalk Joubert, Kevin Gibson, Melissa Van Der Spuy and Albert Frost, yet promises to remain true to the sound her growing fan-base has come to know and love. The first single off the album “Four White Walls” is currently play-listed on MFM, RSG, UCT Radio, PUK FM, Kovsie FM and Zone Radio to name a few.

Originally from Johannesburg, Lucy arrived in Cape Town last year after completing her undergraduate degree in Music and her Honours in Drama at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

This inspiring young artist has taken the notoriously hardnosed South African music scene by storm with her fresh take on indie/alternative rock - a sound which is rooted in a rich tapestry of skilful, versatile vocals bolstered by soulful melodies.

Lucy has been writing and performing her own material for six years and has in the past had the pleasure to open for international acts such as Linton Kwezi Johnson (LKJ) and Shawn Phillips.

Lucy has also recently (June 2013) been awarded a prestigious Standard Bank Ovation Award for her shows at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and recently numbered among the emerging artists chosen for the Big Issue 'Young blood, fresh talent' survey. Lucy has played at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival (2012 & 2013), White Mountain Festival (2012), Rock the River SA (2012/13), Up The Creek (2013), STRAB (2013), Rise &
Shine Festival (2013) and the Parklife Music Festival in March 2013.

Lucy also recently released her first music video. Spare, stripped-down and honest, the music video for Lucy Kruger's sweeping ballad 'Heart of Stone' is the perfect visual manifestation of this emerging artist's sincere approach to her craft. The music video was directed and filmed by Barry De Villiers from Roundabout Films and was purposely kept as stark and simple as possible, because in the end the trick is to allow a strong track like this to speak for itself.

Select press quotes:

“Lucy’s sound can be described as indie folk with a dollop of rock but the task of genre-allocating seems trivial, especially on Cut Those Strings, where the spotlight shines directly on Kruger’s smooth, velvety voice and honest, intensely personal lyrics.” - Perdeby Newspaper

“I now understand why her voice made some of the biggest names in the South African music scene sit-up and notice. It's certain that her music is ageless and that her eleven-track, debut album, Cut Those Strings, will play for years to come.” - Dirty Pink City